Kiln modifications

So yer get yer basic model right and you stick on yer mods, it’s bound to go and look faster. That’s what you do if your male 20 something and you live for your car.
But; I am just over 30 and we’re talking kilns not cars .


My kiln at the bottom of the garden was a bit too big, it was such an investment in, gas,pots and worry.I took a drastic step and sawed off the front of it, literally. Being made of hti bricks the big breeze block saw went through it like butter.


Immediately it looked better proportioned and now maybe i’l use it a bit more, the gas was costing 200 pounds to fire it am now looking forward to firing it for the first time since the modification.

I have also concreted over the arch, with vermiculite and cement mix,this should make it weatherproof and stop the wildlife, foxes and cats scratching the insulation ( 4 inches deep ) off.


I am making some big stuff, that won’t go in my electric kiln, so those pots will be raw glazed so the next one should be,nerve wracking until 600 degrees is slowly reached.

I’l be sure to let you know how it goes.





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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2 Responses to Kiln modifications

  1. Jo Atherton says:

    I’d love to come and help with a firing, so let me know if you need a tea lady. I’m also good for morale and have a suite of stories to tell in small hours, although the chances are you a) have heard the already b) feature in them! Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday x

    • timbartell says:

      Dear Miss Atherton, thank you for your letter, I have indeed been busy with the remodelling of the kiln, as much as it would please me to receive a wet cup of tea from you staying up late and missing a schoolday would annoy Miss Whitaker very much. You have to think of your future and getting a good start from Harrold gentleladies and girls school is certainly a good start. I will send a letter enclosing a 2/6d postal order and a penny brown from my stamp collection.Thank you for your very kind offer.Timothy Richard John Bartell DSCTYSC.

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