Saturday, November 27, 2010

Today is the Day!

Finally! The event I have been working toward for months! I made the good coffee and put on cute underwear in honor of the occasion, but I had to switch out for thermals, because:

  • 5:16 am: It's even colder than predicted, and I am noticing that I should have dipped the kiln furniture. There is a rime of ice over the kiln wash bucket.
  • 6:46 am: How did it get so late? The first layer is loaded. Taking a break for breakfast: Thanksgiving leftovers. This seems so delightful to me that I am considering a Thanksgiving firing every year; but perhaps I am getting ahead of myself.
  • 8:00 am: I am of the lick-and-stick school of wadding -- how about you?
  • 11:30 am: Here is a moment of every firing that I hate: "Whew! So glad to be done loading! Now to light the burners and take a nap -- oh, crap. Still have to brick up the door." It only lasts a split second, but it happens every time
  • 1:00 pm Mudding up the door, and sealing with newspaper & slurry. Burners are on, wool over the arch.
  • Here's a little trick I learned in Minnesota: I start a fire in the stack while the kiln is cold, to get a column of warm air moving upward. This helps start the stack drawing, and is thought to prevent uneven heating early in the firing. 

And we wait. I'm off to take a bath, do some yoga, figure out something for lunch. ( I wonder if there's any pumpkin pie left?) I'll be back later when there's news to report.


DirtKicker Pottery said...

How exciting!!! I'll be watching for your updates :)

Hollis Engley said...

Firing in cute underwear is always a mistake. Good luck with the firing.