Disaster at the first firing

Last Thursday, friends from Wakefield and Pulborough came to help me fire the kiln.I had picked a weekday so that I could get a gas refill if we ran out.I choose the day but I couldn’t choose the weather ,it was minus 7 when I got up on friday morning at 5.30,Thursday was spent packing and clamming it up.


I was going to put a gentle heat in it but had left one burner out ready for this, but the burner had frozen solid so had to use another luckily one from inside the shed.

All went well until we reached 750 c when the chimney liner i was using started to explode and that was it,the draw from the chimney was no more and we called it quits.To carry on would have been a waste of time and money.


I have learnt a lot from this episode, mainly to take up some other pastime like rambling,darts or slobbing. After a brief episode of introspection and swearing, I set too to remake the flue with bricks,the chimney liner sections are to be used as flower pots. Better luck next time.


About timbartell

I was born in a flat in Lambeth the name of which was, Wedgewood house,China walk estate.I'd forgotten this until recently,it dawned on me the significance of the names after I had become interested in pottery/ceramics.I think of myself as a potter in the most practical sense,making pots for people to use.I have never had any formal training,I took it up when the table tennis class was full.My first flat was in the same road as a pottery centre, Elmwood pottery, the best in London, 18 sessions a week and a real community. I love my craft and bore everyone with it, so am grabbing this chance to bore more people via this blog.There may be the odd interesting item, here's hoping.
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