The other day I got the bright idea to combine two designs that I’ve mentioned in previous posts (a lightweight bowl made in a wok and a tafoni bowl) into a lightweight, textured bowl with holes carved out of it. I was picturing a gorgeous big fruit bowl that would be alive with texture and weird-shaped holes.
Unfortunately, the results were not what I had envisioned: in the glaze firing the bowl collapsed into a pile of debris, much of which got stuck to the kiln shelf. I guess I should have consulted a structural engineer! I had to spend an hour chipping the bits and pieces of pot and glaze off the kiln shelf with a hammer and chisel but it was kind of satisfying: going after every last speck of glaze and then painting over the now-clean shelf with a coating of kiln wash.