Yesterday started out nice and chilly, a perfect day to load a kiln.
We layered up in the morning then as the day went on we slowly took off a layer or two, only to add them back later.
It takes us about 5 hours to load and brick the door on the kiln.
We like to get a start in then stop about half way for a break.
Whoops, I am falling down on the job.
Now you get a picture of the back and the start of the middle stack.
The trick to having tools in the kiln while you are loading is to remember to take them out later.
We have a chisel that had rolled up against the bricks on the front side of the kiln and sat there through a couple of firings. We found it one day and it still works, looks a bit strange but works. The last firing at Christmas we left a piece of wood that we were using to stand on while loading. It left a nice residue on the bricks.
It took us both a few minutes to figure out what had happened, we had to laugh at us.
We need a keeper to follow us around and check on things.
Years ago we had friends who had left the burner ports open on his kiln after he loaded. The next morning after the gas was lit he heard a commotion in the kiln, there was banging and a knocking of pots going on. He quickly turned off the kiln and pulled a few bricks. Out shot their cat who had been peacefully sleeping in the top of the kiln. Our friend just brick up the door and fired on. The cat was fine, just short 1 life.
When the kiln was unloaded they found pots at the top of the kiln with cat prints on them where the cat had hopped from one pot to the other to get away from the flames.
We had it bricked just after 4 pm.
Mark was up at the crack of 2 am to light the kiln.
Me. I slumbered away until about 6, lucky me.
Today I see as my day off.
I am baking bread, making granola, doing some bookwork and chatting with family.