I finally had a chance to fire my favorite kiln again, this time for a large portion of my thesis work. Despite the fact that winter is now upon us, and there's no going back once snow hits the ground in Fairbanks, it's bundle up and fire baby (at least it was only 20 degrees)! The following images document the process; from glazing, to loading, to firing, and the most exciting part, unloading!
So once the glazing is done, we need to do some prep work for more technical aspects of the firing.
Once that's done, we can load up the pots, wadding, and cone packs to take out to the Experimental Farm where all the fun kilns are located!
Now we're ready to fire the kiln! This kiln is designed to fire with two fuel sources, the first being wood to get the kiln hot enough to ignite our second fuel source, used veggie oil donated by local Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. If you'd like to read more, check out this blog post from August.
We let the kiln "soak" after we've sprayed the soda in and then shut the kiln down. The next part, waiting to unload, is the hardest. Luckily for you, you've been spared this painful wait.