The Final Kiln is Loaded
August 5, 2011
Except for a few leftover pieces, the kiln is loaded and will be ready to be closed up this afternoon.
It is always exciting to finally fire all the work I have been creating during the year, but this firing is bittersweet as it will be my last load of pots from the kiln that John, Kyle, and I built when we moved to 61 Bluxome Street.
The building of the kiln was truly a meeting of three minds… each of us knew just enough that when pulled together manifested in a large high fire, gas reduction, downdraft kiln.
I remember driving to the Bayview district after classes had ended one evening to pick up the kiln frame, rolling it down the street and into the back of the studio where we set it in place under the vent that was already in place.
I also remember the first time we lit the burners and peered through the open door and saw the magic of flames. Though not the most efficient kiln around, it has served us well during our five wonderful years at The Clay Studio, 61 Bluxome Street.
Whenever you change kilns you can never be sure what the results will be, but I can say that this kiln is certainly capable of producing some beauties.
I was afraid when we made the move from Harrison Street that I was fated to lose the success I had with my carbon trap glazes, but not only was I successful, I think they are richer.
So, heres hoping that this final load in our faithful kiln will be a great success!