hey, thank you all who commiserated with me over the past two days about my kiln (and fridge). Sometimes it is nice to vent, and I really appreciate all the support. The kiln disaster turned out ok. I was able to salvage some of the beads that are harder to make, and glaze those. In particular, the spookyheads, which take a while to make because they are done entirely by hand. Overfired bisque *can* be glazed, it just takes a long time. Using glazes that have a lot of gum in them helps (and my black and red glazes do...that's mostly what i use for the spookyheads, fortunately) and also heating them up to make the glaze dry helps too (I use an electric mug warmer. ow! hot!) Its funny, actually, these salvaged fired better than usual..they were cleaner because the excess glaze was easier to wipe off and the clear glaze over it turned this nice satin matte because it was thinly applied. *shrug* who knew? Not that I would do this on purpose, it took me about 4x as long to glaze than usual the other day.
Anyway, the customers who were effected most by this were emailed, and apologized to, and they wrote back and told me not to worry. Have I mentioned how awesome my customers are? Awesome. So I remade the beads for those orders last night, and got caught up on more order work too. All in all, I am pretty caught up and shipping on time, with the exception of the orders I emailed about the delays for. So I feel pretty good to go away this weekend without worries! Not entirely without work, as I have some articles to write while I am travelling, but that is minor and if it gets done, great...if not, its ok too. I am looking forward to a small break from a very busy month. See you all in a few days!