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It's Martin Luther King Day and we're at the kiln to unload


It's a brisk winter day, less than 48 hours since the kiln was sealed up at the end of the firing cycle to begin the cool down. The temperature inside the kiln is 75 degrees when Yary removes the first few bricks to have a look.


First look confirms the kiln only reached cone 8 on the top shelves. That greenish glaze would be red if that area of the kiln had reached cone 10 or 11.


My friend David Archibald, a potter from Gloucester MA, helps Yary dismantle the door. 


Abby has returned to help; she was our chimney smoke monitor during the firing on Saturday.





John's bowl has wonderfully interesting color.


 See the little turtle on top of the casserole? The bottom is just as wonderful. The blue glaze turned deep purple.

Multiple boats emerge from the kiln.


Oh thank goodness the dragon tail survived!

The bag wall looks read to collapse! We are luck it didn't.

 Yary estimates about 75% of the wares fired perfectly. It was a challenging firing, with uneven heat, some areas reaching cone 8, some cone 10, some cone 11. 

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Posted: Monday, January 16, 2017 4:36 PM by rackm


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