Sunday, September 23, 2012

Dragon pendant mold, and kiln news

            This morning I finished putting the last few scales on the dragon pendant mold. (A sketch and discussion of this process can be found in this post.) Now it needs to dry in a nice safe place until the kiln arrives. 

            I have counted up everyone's dragon pendant orders, and I'll be making 29 of these this fall. About 60% of you asked for red stoneware (40% porcelain). I have guess-timated that it will take me three days to make all of these if I spend about two hours a day on them. (The rest of the day, of course, I'll be making other pieces.) They will likely be the first thing to ship. This is not to say that you'll have yours in a week, though - first I need to bisque fire the mold, and I will need to fire the final pieces too. 
            The kiln will likely arrive in a couple or three weeks, but the arrival date is still a little up in the air. It's on its way from Canada, and once it reaches the US I will get a call from the distributor. Hopefully they'll be able to give me a clearer date at that point. Once I know when it's going to show up, I can make an appointment with the electrician. Ideally I'd like to get it set up and ready to fire the next day, and then go ahead and have the first bisque right away. 


  1. Very cool. Will you be selling these later too? I like it a lot & would like to get one. But not enough to give up my reward (mugs), so I'll buy it whenever it's possible to do so.

  2. I will be selling them later, but they will be a little different than the ones I'm sending out for the Kickstarter. The Kickstarter ones will say on the back: "Thank you for helping unleash the dragons! Riverdragon Ceramics 2012," in addition to my signature. In the future I will likely just sign and date them. I'm also planning on glazing them or using oxide washes on them in the future, so they'll be available in more colors (and for a higher price).