I’ve been busy this morning trying to fit last week’s pipes into my little test kiln. I like this kiln for making pipes, because the pipes are in general pretty small, and as I’m making one-of-a-kind pieces, I get a faster turnover. Progress in developing new forms and surface treatments, as a result, is faster.
I’m most excited about some salamander effigy pipes I’ve made. I really hope these new forms survive the kiln. They have a sinuous quality that I hope to enhance with the right glazes.
All of the pipes in this kiln load are smallish dry pipes. When I go out to the wheel later this afternoon, I’ll throw some components to put together some more effigy water pipes– I’ve sold several of these expensive pieces in the last week, so I need to make more.