The first firing of the year

It looks like the long drawn out winter is slowly ebbing, the daylight hours are nearly the same as darkness hours. It was dark and very cold when I started up the kiln at 5.20 am.

Light didn't quite reach

Light didn’t quite reach

 

I had spent two and half days loading it and there wasn’t nearly enough to fill the gaps. The bigger pots needed bigger space, funnily, that’s when you realise the draw backs of the arch as opposed to the sprung arch.

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I had left a burner in one of the burner ports on a small flame overnight it had been going 7 hours when the other one was set going.It’s hard doing all this with just one tallow candle borrowed from a 19th century miner on his way T’pit. The pyro was working for a change and stayed working all the firing, ( fall on floor in disbelief) it said 230 at the outset.

Sunshine on the tarp

Sunshine on the tarp

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contrail looking up twixt shed and shed

contrail looking up twixt shed and shed

It was all very boring until the dawn and then only marginally, but very cold until mid day . The only excitement was to swap over cylinders when they started to freeze and lose pressure apart from that it was plain sailing.

not as frozen as the film or what it looked like earlier

not as frozen as the film or what it looked like earlier

 

As usual there is that sinking feeling after a firing and the bored tiredness if it was easy.

UNPACK

 

Sunday 8th March, I had some helpers to un load the kiln.

Two little helpers

Two little helpers

 

The large jug and water carrier made it through, but there was a few wasters mainly the stuff made from clay from the cliff at west bay Dorset. Some even melted at this temperature. There were many small kiln fillers and they mostly were ok, not a brilliant firing but ok ish.

kiln load minus all the wasters

kiln load minus all the wasters

the very big jug for the Winkhurst kitchen

the very big jug for the Winkhurst kitchen

 

The next firing will be a wood firing in Tina’s kiln at very high stoneware temperatures. I have been scrounging pallets from skips and beach combing driftwood, I am really looking forward to that.

 

Farewell until the next time

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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 The first firing of the year

  1. Nice post Tim, some lovely pots in that firing.

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