Each glaze-firing is time consuming and important. Loading the kiln takes at least one hour, but sometimes two hours. It is a 3D puzzle in a real life.
And preparing bisque for glaze-firing is even more time consuming and hard work. Among recent masks, Apple tree took the longest to prepare. I was cursing myself. Who on earth made these details without any consideration for painting? Only a fool makes something like this! After 3.5 hours' painting, it was only half done. Disheartening.
|After 3.5hours, it was not finished yet.|
|One of the studio tables.|
|And next morning.|
Intertwined appearance, but all were carefully slid to gaps.
I have to look at them from all directions; so nothing will be even slightly touching.
From a lower angle, they look like this.
Once all were loaded, we took them to the kiln, and carefully placed them inside. As I have broken work during loading too often, I always get quite nervous.
Luckily, the result was great. Half were done and others will need re-firing for minor reasons. The end is in sight.