Okay- right up front I need to give full disclosure.
I did not fire the kiln but here is the short version from the big guy.
The bottom was underfired and what was not under fired was very, very reduced.
The iron black glaze that we top with a wood ash glaze that has rutile in it and is our staple glaze did not like this firing one bit.
Most of the top glaze just burned away.
With that said the iron red and spodumene glaze liked the heavy reduction.
The results were different then in the other kiln but not bad.
So what was learned:
We need to make a change in the bag wall.
The burners are possibly too powerful for the kiln- we are going to step down to a smaller burner.
We are going to use only certain glazes and none of the black and blue until we work out the firing.
all in all- we are happy and knew we would be making seconds.
It takes time to learn a new kiln and this one shows great promise.
Here are some results:
I would like to thank you all for reading, commenting and your never ending support this past year.
I have meet so many new and interesting people and potters through this blog.
My wish for you all is some family time and some good old peace and love for the holidays.
Merry Christmas to all!
and soon- A Happy New year!