after the items have been crafted and dried;
This completely dehydrates the clay making it tough enough to handle safely, but still very fragile. Example: I wouldn't pick up a mug by its handle at this stage...the handle might pop off.
Stage 3 glaze firing
The underglazed items were covered in a clear glaze, others were glazed, all are shiny and durable.
A few items from the glaze load cracked during firing. Some become "seconds", others become waste.
The ornaments will be used as charms, tree ornaments, key chains, and my favourite use: wind chimes.
There is a lot of piddly work that goes in to making these items. One advantage is that left over clay can be used for this purpose. Check out the photo above. The three plates have been made of left over clay, a colour I refer to as "butterscotch".
Now, to get busy and do some more!!!