I took another flat tile with a huge S shaped crack in it out of the kiln today. It was not a piece I had expected much from, because it was on Black Mountain clay and I didn’t think the glazes would come out but the colors were wonderful and gave the piece depth. So then I was really disappointed with the failure. I have been losing way too many large tiles to the dreaded S cracking and I’m are trying to figure out what to do. I have made a lot of flat tiles but recently many of them are cracking. Not just little cracks. It looks like tiny bombs were detonated all along a line and when I open the kiln, the 2 pieces of the tile are lying a perfect half inch apart.Today I decided on a plan to try to avoid the dreaded S cracks: Try everything I’ve heard or read about at once. I will roll the clay in several directions, dry it on a wire rack, score the back of the piece, and then fire it on sand or the rigid sides from tile racks. Oh, and give offerings to the kiln godesses. Any other ideas or experiences?
Yesterday I read a comment on Deborah Woods‘ blog about Christmas decorations in California. The person said it was like “cartoon Christmas”. When I first moved here from the East, I remember thinking how absolutely weird colored lights looked on trees that had leaves, and flowers blooming while Christmas music was playing made me laugh at how crazy California was. But I was so glad to be through with snow and freezing temperatures. The excitement of snow for me, wore off by the time I was about 8. I never dream of a White Christmas unless the white is a sun-bleached beach!