I've noodled around for some tips and tricks on getting the glaze to stick and I'm willing to try them, but the problem is that once clay has vitrified- meaning that it is as hard as it can get and the pores in the clay are closed- the water in the glaze doesn't absorb back into the clay. Usually you dip or brush wet glaze onto a piece and all of the water is sucked into the clay. When the clay is vitrified, the glaze- and water- just sits on the top of the piece.
Yes, I still feel pretty peevish about the entire thing. So my plan of action is to test a few pieces and run the kiln again tonight to see if the kiln sitter will work or if I will need to fix it- which would be a handy thing to learn to do. It's always something, isn't it? And I'm going to put a log up next to the kiln so that I'll know how long each firing should take and watch it more carefully.
Yes. My pieces from Atlanta were in this load. I lost one of them- the color that I'd used turned completely black. Not pretty. The other ones seem to be ok. So this setback, trip-up, whatever is a learning experience. I'm going to stop being so irritated by it and pick myself back up and carry on.
I'll be back.