So… after the Germans got those incredible results out oft the new kiln we didn't have to wait long until new plans to fire it appeared in our heads. But despite the results, the kiln didn’t quite fit to our expectations. The previous firebox design made it a bit of a task not to knock pots over and it was also a bit too small to reveal its full performance.
For the second firing we decided to go back to the roots, meaning for me to take down the steps, to rebuild the front wall and casting a sidestoke hole into the firebox as well as to brick up the chimney by a third of its height. Knocking bricks out of an already built arch was the probably most dodgiest part of that job…
|first brick out|
|A new window brings light into that gloominess|
|If anybody is planning a banquet - we can supply the beaker. At least|
Somewhere inbeteween that work, Nic and Sabine did let me having a go with throwing beaker for an order that came in. It was quite satisfying pushing my boundaries in throwing and at the end I managed to get some 25 beakers per hour done!
By mid of the month we got to the point of glazing the pots but the bucket for bone ash – ingredient of one of our glazes – had the guts to show us it was empty! Without time to order more, Nic headed off towards the butcher to get some freshly chopped bones. The dogs looked quite confused when they saw us burning those tasty, meaty bits of bones…
|= calcined bones|
When it then came to packing the kiln, Nic and me wondered, how the Germans managed to sit in there all day long…
The firing then went exceptionally well and there were even a few worries whether it went all a bit too well?
When that was finished we spent a few days in getting wood sawn and splitted and Sabine had a major firing for this years’ shows in Bovey Tracey, Rufford and Hatfield.
And what’s coming next?
It is now all getting very fast paced with Nic having an exhibition in London at the beginning of june, Sabines stand at the Art and Craft fair in Bovey Tracey and two more firings before we head off towards the ‘Earth and fire’ fair in Rufford at the end of June following 'Art in Clay' in Hatfield a weekend later.
And we got some wood delivered...
|the chainsaw is running hot|