overheating

Melissa adds a new colour swatch to her list of hues produced by her failures – ‘overheated grey’.

Small Ribbon Star
Small Ribbon Star

It’s been an overly warm day. The kind of day that one does not bound out of bed with unbridled enthusiasm for working in an under-air conditioned studio. A day in which it would be imprudent to start up the kiln in said studio, set it to 840°c, wait for it to get to temperature, then stand next to it for a couple of hours feeding its fire-breathing, gaping maw with shards of sheet steel, one by one.

In attempting to heat-colour these sand-blasted pieces of stainless to a lovely light-blue hue, a blue that I have managed to acquire by torch heating on previous occasions, I overheated one piece. It didn’t melt (like you were expecting me to say at this point), it just went a dark grey. As it was the last piece to be heated for the day, that’s the way it stayed. Overheated grey.