Yesterday in the studio we did a little bit of this and a little bit of that. When we are at the end of a cycle of throwing and preparing for glazing, we find ourselves performing lots of little duties. Then we get to settle in and stay in one place for awhile to glaze.
Ed is wiping off the dust from our vases. The vases need to be free of dust before the glaze is applied.
Bruce is vacuuming out the electric kiln. We do this before all firings in order to keep the elements clean from debris. They last longer this way. Elements can be expensive, and if something gets lodged in between the wires they will burn out and have to be replaced, which is also a tedious process.