Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sneak Peak - will unload Saturday



Six-foot flame exits the chimney after the last stoke
Wednesday's wood firing went well - a 14-hour affair from start to finish with the first hour being a little propane warm up.
Now, we wait. Well, there's a bit of peaking in through the passive dampers where cool air is unlikely to rush into the ware chamber and crack pots. I suppose I should share a couple of pictures, huh?

We took the temperature up slowly for the first 1,000 degrees or so, as I had some shelves that were a bit wet from applying kiln wash (a mixture of kaolin and alumina that keeps glaze drips and ash from totally melting into the shelves) and I had those very large soul pots that I didn't want to stress out too much.

We reached cone 9 in the bottom of the back of the kiln, the usual cone 14 or more in the very front.

We will open up the kiln to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday during our annual R.D. Mahan Kiln Opening and Turkey Roast, Oct. 6 and 7.

A Levi vase with copper glaze at the back of kiln
Pitcher with flashing slip behind cones

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