Sunday, May 31, 2009

loaded...

Nancy and I finished loading the kiln yesterday around 8pm. As I type away at this very moment, Nancy and Cindy Rogers are firing it...my shift comes about 4:00am. I'm a morning person these days, but 4:00am barely qualifies as morning... The loading is sort of tricky as far as having to climb up and into the chamber but it goes quick because the highest we stack the shelves is 2 high. When its loaded, we slide over the industrial shelf lid, layer that with soft brick, then smother it with fiber blanket. Its the kiln loading equivalent to getting a mess of hash browns at the Waffle House..."scattered, smothered and covered". Here is a great picture of Nancy's head popping up to tell me what size pieces to bring over. Sorry Nance but this pic was to good not to post!


Here is another of Nancy as we had a moment of silence...praying the new glazes work out...!


I'm off to bed early tonight seeing how I will be up around 4 am and most likely will hang until the end of the firing.. Unfortunately, I will be unable to post the results for a couple weeks because I will be heading down to FLA to visit the family and the BEACH! It will be difficult for me to have to wait an extra week to see the end result but laying around in the sand and surf will help to ease the pain of waiting...ahhhh, Summer is here!

Until next time gentle reader...

4 comments:

Jerry said...

I hope it's a great firing. And I'd have to say my preference is "scattered, smothered & chunked", but that is probably not the best analogy for pottery.

Have fun at the beach!

jimgottuso said...

good luck on the firing, scattered, smothered, cheesy, tomatoes, etc.

k.houser said...

thanks for stopping by guys...finished firing in about 33-34 hours...now I am moving on from the Waffle House straight to grouper tacos! see you in a week or two!

Michael Mahan said...

Got any more pictures of the kiln. I blogged about an idea for a kiln that seems similar to the one you have in this post.

I posted some pictures of a prototype: www.fromthegrounduppots.blogspot.com

Michael