Friday, January 09, 2015

First Kiln Firing of 2015

I started my small (test) kiln yesterday morning with a small load of beads. Inside were white stoneware, porcelain, mixed porcelain/stoneware, and brown stoneware clay beads.  I used a bright blue under-glaze on some and others I coated with a light green celedon.

I'm pleased with the results.  What do you think? Tonight or tomorrow I am going to put some on my website and some in my Etsy store

I also wanted to fire my kiln up today but since the plug is shared with the dryer and laundry demands to be done, I will have to wait until tomorrow.

In the meantime I have on my studio table all my re-hydrated glazes to choose color combinations, and hopefully I will make some good choices.

I am doing my business taxes, so it is a good time to evaluate costs.  I'm sorry to say I had to raise Etsy shipping by .30. I was seriously hoping to keep initial USA shipping at $2.  International shipping prices, however, have remained the same.

In other news ... I continue to be baffled by SEO requirements. I did get a plug-in for the Wordpress theme I am using that urges me to add SEO stuff, and I am hoping that other than filling in the required blanks and attempting to generate interest with good content, that it will be a good 2015.

I took lots of pictures of these, went to upload to my computer and found my memory card was corrupt.  After some investigation it was the card reader which had gone corrupt.  There are many ways to feed a cow, so I finally took a couple of pictures with my phone.  I will be buying a new card reader this afternoon to be able to list these properly.

So here's to you, 2015 ...cheers!


  1. I love these beads all together! What a perfect color combination! I'll probably be "needing" some of these! :-)