Please be patient with me, this post is rather long. But there are lots of pictures!
We arrived this morning to a cooled kiln and got right to work scraping the mud and newspaper off of the bricks that sealed the kiln. Suzanne and John are using wire brushes to scrape those bricks clean. Judith is offering her support and waiting for a turn.
Next, we removed the clean bricks from the front of the kiln chambers. Remember there were three chambers: one for wood ash, the middle for salt and soda fired, and the third is a bonus that helps maintain heat and circulation of the air/gasses. Below you can see Jeanie opening the wood chamber.
And here is Judith at the bonus chamber with her fabulous sculpture. She got excellent coloring and texture on them.
This is a first glimpse of the salt/soda chamber.
Peeking in deep to get a pot's eye view... compare to the previous post. There is the square pot on the bagwall at the back... Don't you love those turtles!
There was a fire brigade of unloading. and then some inspecting and sighing, oooh-ing and ahhhh-ing ensued. Here is Paul with one of his beauties.
Suzanne unloading and popping the wads off the pot bottoms. The wads prevent pots from glazing to the kiln shelves and to lids. They are made of material that does not adhere to the ash, soda and salt in the atmosphere of the hot kiln. They also do not melt in the high heat. Gotta love material science!
Here is John with his spectacular haul of tea bowls. In the background are Suzanne, Judith, and Paul.
And, of course, there's clean up! This is Al working hard scraping the crud left on the kiln shelves.
And Anitha scraping the wadding off of the stilts that hold the shelves up. Each one had wadding on both top and bottom.
It was a great experience. The pots were all so different and beautiful. The folks were sunny and enthusiastic. I can't wait to do it again!
And finally, I will throw some more pictures of pots up here for those of you who haven't clicked away already...
Thanks for looking!
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