Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hoofing It In a 105

I've been feeling like "I'm on a road to Mecca" with this firing... it's been a long journey of non-stop trouble, lot's of think'n, lot's of growing, and now heat...
One of yesterdays' many highpoints was an afternoon carting each piece  a block and a half away by hand and by wareboard, (17 cubic feet of work), in a 105 degree day. It felt good to actually have to comitt each piece to the kiln, wadding and loading everything into place.
It spilled over a bit into today's 108 degree day... WOOF!

You can do amazing things with a wide brimmed hat and a gallon and a half of water. The zen is to enjoy it without getting hurt...

Steve Pate will be showing me how he burns his updraft tomorrow morning and I'm hoping to see the kiln door open late Friday afternoon. (He's already sharing golden tips...)

Fair enough.

This is my first attempt to take just a few of my cone 6 electric glazes though an updraft gas kiln. So bare with me... this ain't pastels! Win or lose... these are giant steps.

10 comments:

claydancer said...

I feel your pain. Can't wait until summer is over. Someone said it was 112 here today but it was definitely 108, but who is counting? Good luck with the new firing.

ang said...

hooo yeh!!! hope its a good firing then.. it looks really snug in there..

cookingwithgas said...

a potter will do anything and I mean anything for their work!
I have my fingers, toes, legs and arms all crossed for a great firing!
And good grief that is HOT!

Tracey Broome said...

Fingers crossed for a great firing!!!
The things we go through for a little flame action!

Kitoi said...

Is that Pate's kiln? looks like it. Need to get back out to Steve's one of theses days. Eagerly awaiting the opening...

jim said...

damn, i thought stockton was more temperate than that... sounds like louisville temperatures. i bet you are very excited and think you're gonna have some really nice ones coming out of that load.

FetishGhost said...

10 minutes till firing time!

Anonymous said...

Almost no candeling necessary.

-Randesav

Linda Fahey said...

we have lift off, Kemo sabe!!

good luck - can wait to see...

am said...

good luck!