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Ground Breaking

Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

Getting Loaded

The first assignment in Cynthia Bringle's concentration here are Penland School of Crafts was to make mugs. Everyone in the class made a bunch of them then picked the best for firing. As soon as they were dry we started loading a bisque kiln. We had just gotten started when Cynthia came out and told us that since we were firing this many mugs we didn't need to use kiln shelves. It's more efficient to just stack foot to foot then rim to rim all the way up the kiln.

I've loaded 2 kilns this way now. I have to tell you it's exciting. I realize it would be easier if all the pieces where made by one potter but it still worked.

I'm Feeling like a Jinga Master, let's hope the second kiln comes out this good. It's packed tighter and taller.
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    1. It was scary to load but it worked great. Cross your fingers that today's load will be just as good.

  2. I like the wavy one, nearly upper right. I'd put a nice celadon on there :)

    1. That's a nice one, my fellow assistant Seth made it.


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