Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lap Wheel

Today we prepared pots for a post fire reduction. 

The first thing you have to do is fire the pot in it's normal firing and this one just came out of the kiln this morning. After separating the pot from it's pedestal and catcher it is wet ground on this lap wheel until the bottom is smooth and the glaze which might be on the bottom is gone. This is quite easy with this tool, which is actually a Crystalite Crystal Master Pro 12 with a 120 grit diamond pad. It is a wonderful but expensive tool -- if you do a lot of grinding of crystalline glazes, this baby will save you an enormous amount of grief and time. 

We have the kiln loaded and candling for the firing tomorrow. 

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