Natalie Reveals Her Ceramics Project

After being glazed, my pieces were ready for their second and final round in the kiln. The kiln is so deep that to place the medallions at the bottom, I had to fold over the edge with my head and shoulders in the depths.

retrieving medallions

glazed medallions

The next day, the firing was complete. Once the temperature in the kiln had dropped to 170°F (the top temperature reached is 2000°F), Patty and I ventured out into the kiln room. She assured me that I would return to the studio either smiling or crying, depending on how many had survived the firing.

opening kiln

I got ready to open the kiln…and peered in….

unnamed copy


And saw…

CU medallions

DSCF4123 copy

They all survived, all 75 “Class of 2015” medallions! I will be handing them out at the senior dinner this week.

I am still 🙂




    • TwointheMiddle

      Thank you Malena! Since you are graduating from middle school in 2015, I have a special something waiting for you 🙂

  • Carolyn Goodart

    Natalie, that kiln looks like something one would see at Griffith Observatory! What good results you got! Not everyone is that lucky! It helps that you took good care, and that you have a good teacher, but still, amazing that all survived! Whew! Those look like nice keepsakes to remember a special time.

  • Penny Church

    Hi Natalie,
    I am so happy that your project turned out so well for your classmates who are graduating. What a fun thing to do! It was really wonderful of Patty to help you with this. They’re beautiful!!

    • TwointheMiddle

      Thank you, Penny! It was a very fun project and the medallions were a big success with my classmates. My senior project was even more special because I had the chance to play the 1886 piano at the Cambria Historical Museum 🙂

    • TwointheMiddle

      It was so much fun to work with you, Patty! The senior dinner was a big success. Everyone loved the medallions and many students wore them for the whole evening. Two teachers even wore theirs to graduation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Anti-Spam Quiz: