Firing!

Yesterday I celebrated Labor Day by working on my pottery and hanging out with the Bartells.  As I mentioned before, I did buy the fire-guard board to hang on the walls around the kiln and was waiting for Andrew to help me hang it.  Chris Bartell decided he was feeling ambitious and was excited to tackle the project because “I am tired of waiting!  Let’s hang this and you can fire the kiln today”!  So, that is exactly what happened!  Anna grabbed her camera to help me document the day!

Loading up the kiln for my first Bisque

                                                                     This was a big day for me since I have never actually fired my kiln since I bought it!  I am glad Chris was so eager to help me hang (and by me I mean him) the fire board because it was a needed push to start firing.  I just can’t wait for the pictures to start showing colors from glazes.  One step at a time though.  I fired up the kiln at 2:30 pm for a fast bisque to cone 06 (1800 degrees).  By the time it reached about 300 degrees I heard a pop and an explosion from inside the kiln.  I quickly turned off the kiln and cracked open the lid to let some of the heat slowly escape.  One of the big candlesticks I had made exploded during the rapid firing because there was an enclosed part of the candle that helped build up too much pressure within.  Unfortunately the pieces that broke off hit another of my candlesticks and broke another as well.  Good thing I made a few extra for error’s sake!  By 3:00 pm I fired up the kiln again, but this time for a slow bisque to cone 06.  The whole firing took roughly 10 hours.  I just opened up the kiln today after work to find that the cycle had completed perfectly and all of my pots are bisqued properly.  I love hearing the “ring” the pots now make when you tap them. 

Loading the shelves into the kiln

 

All loaded up! Anna always makes me laugh!

 

 

Chris hanging up the fire board – thank you!
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  • How exciting! I can’t wait to see your completed work!ReplyCancel

  • How exciting! I can’t wait to see your completed work!ReplyCancel

  • thanks! It definitely feels good to have my first firing done!ReplyCancel

  • thanks! It definitely feels good to have my first firing done!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on the first firing. When Dave and I stopped to tour Sturbridge Village on Aug 29, the potter there told us that using the old brick kiln requires over 2 cords of wood and his keeping the fire going for 39 hours. The pieces closer to the heat are darker than the outside pieces. Aren’t you happy for your modern kiln? The potter we talked with has been there for 18 years.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on the first firing. When Dave and I stopped to tour Sturbridge Village on Aug 29, the potter there told us that using the old brick kiln requires over 2 cords of wood and his keeping the fire going for 39 hours. The pieces closer to the heat are darker than the outside pieces. Aren’t you happy for your modern kiln? The potter we talked with has been there for 18 years.ReplyCancel

  • Brian Prince

    Only two casualties? That’s great! Can’t wait to see your glazes and finished products.ReplyCancel

  • Brian Prince

    Only two casualties? That’s great! Can’t wait to see your glazes and finished products.ReplyCancel

  • that picture makes it look like i actually knew what i was doing! ha! it was a fun day though:)ReplyCancel

  • that picture makes it look like i actually knew what i was doing! ha! it was a fun day though:)ReplyCancel

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