Today we are doing firing number two in the new smaller gas kiln.
We loaded the kiln on Sunday but Mark was out and about and I am not ready to fire the kiln solo ....yet......
So this morning we lit, lighted,the kiln and we are chugging along.
I am hanging with Mark and learning the fine art of listening to the burners.
Don't you love the sound of a gas kiln- like a heartbeat.
Anyway Mark is trying to teach me the forgotten art of gas fire.
When we were students I would start the kiln and do the early turn ups and then Mark would come in and finish the kiln.
We had two small kids and I would pick them up from the school's daycare and head home for Mother duty so I really never learned to fire the gas kiln.
Then when we built the BIG gas kiln Mark took that on too.
We both did everything, throwing, bisque fire, glaze, load but he fired.
I have a goal that I will learn how to fire this new kiln.
And now that it is out there I guess I better!
I am thinking about marketing my brush holder- any takers?
What do yo think 9.95?
I think I can get them in a USPO box for cheap shipping.
We saved some seconds to fire and this is how I heat them up.
I place them on top of the electric kilns just after they are just finish firing and then I will place them in my baby test kiln to make sure I have heated them up enough.
This helps keep them from blowing up.
We once put a pitcher that had sat around about 3 years in the big gas kiln- blew the bottom right out of that pitcher.
This is a vase we also have in this kiln firing,
The first go round these had big crawls on them.
I set them aside for the first couple of firings in the new kiln.
I put one in the last kiln and it fired up really nice.
Let me see if I can do that again.
It does help to get the pot nice and warm before putting on the glaze.
Then wait for it to dry - I put the iron red on- then when it was dry I put some ash glaze on top.
I am still use to that BIG kiln that ate pots!
Not so with the little gal we have now.
A name- what could we call this little kiln.
Do you name your kilns?
The folks who bought our electric kilns do.
I use to name our cars but never named the kiln.
Better go check the temperature and pretend I am paying attention!