No, it's not the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz. I wish it were. It's the electrical outlet where I plug in my kiln. I always give the area around the kiln a little inspection before I fire it. I'd hate to have something flammable sticking to the side of the kiln when it's hot or some other thing like that which might cause a fire or something else to go wrong. That inspection also includes the electrical wires and such. I think this is a good practice.
Today, after I loaded the kiln I noticed that the electrical outlet that the kiln is plugged into looked a bit soft. I unplugged the kiln and looked at it closer and it looks melted. No way I was going to fire a glaze kiln with the outlet looking like that.
I called my electrician but his voice mail was full. I had to resort to email which means waiting. I hope he's not on vacation or without a smart phone. Isn't it funny how we expect such instant results from email and the like these days?
Anyway, the only reason it was really important to fire the kiln today is because I had two mugs that I wanted to donate to the Penland Auction Volunteers Party when I go up there in a few days. They were engraved with the date so they won't be good for next year. Damn.
The good news is that I found it before something caught fire.
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