Glazing and Firing
What happens when you leave your ceramics with us? In our next part of the series This is how it works, we explore the glazing and firing process of the ceramics.
This is Fabio, he is responsible for all the glazing and firing that happens on site here at Punk Me Up. Here, he is checking the glaze to make sure it is the correct consistency. It needs to be mixed to make sure there are no lumps.
When the glaze is ready, Fabio dips the ceramic into the glaze.
Then, he places it on the kiln table to dry. Once it has dried, it is ready for firing.
Then, he places it on the kiln table to dry. Once it has dried, it is ready for firing.Here you can see how different it looks when it is ready to be fired!
The glaze on the ceramics must never touch the kiln shelf, so some ceramics with a ridge are wiped clean and placed on the kiln, while others are placed on stilts.
This tile is being placed on stilts, and then onto the kiln shelf ready to be fired!
Now it is time to load the rest of the kiln, and then Fabio will switch the kiln on and leave it for 24 hours.
The kiln reaches a highest temperature of 1000 degrees, and has to cool back down again before we can open it.
When the kiln is cooling down, we open up the kiln and take a peek! But that’s not the end, we still need to make sure we pack the ceramic up with the right name, which we will explain in our last part of the series, How do you know it’s my dinosaur?