I finally tried soaking a glaze firing for one hour. The results were amazing. I would highly recommend trying it at least once. I had the kiln stall at 2200 degrees and the magic happened. All my glazes took on a different color and intensity. The work appeared more lively and artistic in nature. I had 2 pieces that blistered....probably they were too hot, but it was worth the loss. I gave away most of the pieces to friends who came to visit. They loved the new look and I had to give it to them. Their joy in receiving the pieces was worth more than the money I would have gotten if I sold them. I have new work at the art gallery and sold 2 paintings this week. I also have received a commission of another large painting and pottery order. I thank God for the opportunity. Allowing oneself to be creative is difficult at times because you almost feel guilty for playing and creating instead of other manual labor. I am very blessed.