Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The students fire salt
We have a salt kiln and 2 gas kilns that have sat quietly waiting on the sidelines. In talking with one of my students, who was in his finale semester, he and I decided that we would work a salt firing in. He wanted to show a diversity in what he could do for his senior show. It did not take much convincing to have other students join in.
The kiln was loaded a week ago Monday, fired on Tuesday ( with the expert help of Dan Triece from Dirtworks pottery), and unloaded last Friday.
The kiln had not been fired for about 2 years and the excitement filled the air when we unloaded.
I'm planning to make this happen again next semester.
I think we can easily work our way back to some gas firing.
Some grinding to be done.
But the results were over all very good.
Just 2 pots with some unwanted brick in them.
I took a glance at the gas kilns yesterday and thought- you might be next on my list.
I hope that means I can get some things done around here...