It seems with the mishaps of life this load has taken longer then usual.
Planning the load is as much work as glazing and firing.
Mark planned the "crown" pots one day while I was still sitting on ice.
We have a board that we cut years ago that is the same size as the kiln shelves.
This gives us the opportunity to plan the 20-21 shelves of pots that will go in the kiln.
Then each board load fits on the ware carts on another board- which lucky us is about the same size as the kiln shelves.
This is really helpful when we load the kiln.
Say- we need a 5 inch shelf of pots- we have one- need a 6 inch- it's there- room for the crown- we have after all these years got that figured out as well.
I use this method when I glaze for my tiles as well.
I like knowing that a piece I am glazing will go in the firing.
No guessing games, just pack and go.
It still takes us a good 5 hours to load the gas kiln.
And about 30 minutes to brick up the door.
The whole time ,well not the whole time... we talk about how to finish up the smaller kiln Mark has built.
The small kiln is so close we can taste it.
There are times that life is like trying to take a picture of butterflies.
Just when you think you have it, it takes off.