23 March 2009

Firing # 6 in a Series

The world's slowest loader of kilns is almost there. I added another day to the schedule, which is a great way to take the stress out of the situation. The salt chamber and Jeff are below. Jeff very kindly bricked up the door while I worked on the wood chamber. Did I mention that I'm slow? Not that I am apologizing for that. I don't have a deadline at the moment, which makes it easy. And I enjoy the steady, thoughtful pace, especially in the perfect spring weather we are having.
There are a lot of pots in this chamber that could be pretty juicy if all goes well.

This is the back two shelves of the wood chamber. If you recall from my previous firing, this chamber was pretty awful. So I'm going into new territory with it this time. I've loaded two extra large handbuilt pieces and it is way more open than anything I've ever been around. I don't know how it will respond. My theory is it can't be worse than the last one! I still have the front stack to load tomorrow.
I'm changing the firing schedule, too. Up until now I've begun at midnight with the idea that two chambers might take 20 hours or more. But after 5 firings, the average length is more like 17 hours. So I plan to preheat Tuesday night and then begin for real around 5 AM Wednesday.
I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but I'm teaching a workshop at LibertyTown this weekend and there is still a space or two available for the hands-on part and anyone can come to the demos (for a small fee). Call LibertyTown for details.


Hollis Engley said...

Damn. Look at the size of that teapot. Hope things go well.

Craig Edwards said...

Wow, look at that huge teapot!!!

Incognito said...

Slow and steady is real good; I'm that way, too. Can't wait to see/hear about the results!

brandon phillips said...

looks like a good stack. i hope you have a good firing. have pb&j beforehand, it always seems to help me out;)

Hollis Engley said...

Good luck tomorrow, Daniel. Looking forward to seeing what comes out.

Joe and Christy said...

Good luck with the firing tomorrow!