Great news – I have found a kiln that I can rent! I am extremely lucky that The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, has a kiln they are willing to let me use! They haven’t rented their kiln out before, so it’s a new experience for us both. I am so grateful to Helen and Marion, two Iovely ladies I met last week at the NCCD, for making me feel so welcome! I have been shown how to use the kiln and, after discussing the other housekeeping bits and bobs, have secured myself a kiln to use!! It is 14.1 miles away from my studio and the spot where my pieces will be cast, a tad risky I know, but seeing as it’s the only option I’ve got, I’ll have to make it work. There are a number of obstacles I’ll need to overcome….
Obstacle no 1 – Transporting greenware (cast pieces that are not yet fired). Greenware is incredibly fragile and can be crushed, reduced to dust, by applying a small amount of pressure.
Obstacle no 2 – Actually getting the work to Sleaford! This is a bit of a tricky one as I don’t have a car! (Why won’t someone invent teleporting for real?!!) Parents, friends and trains are going to be my saving grace with this one!
Obstacle no 3 – Glazing the pieces. I can spray my work at my studio, but the chances of the glaze still being on the pieces after they’ve travelled 14 miles back to the kiln is slim. I may need to glaze my pieces by dipping them, that way I’ll be able to do it on site in Sleaford – this is an entirely new skill I’ll have to learn and, trust me, isn’t as easy or simple as it sounds!
I’m sure I’ll find plenty of other things to challenge the process but for now, I’m just so pleased to see firings in my future!
This weekend, I’ll start casting again!!
If you’d like to take a look at The National Centre for Craft and Design website, click here.