it has been a rather uneventful week here at the pottery, therefore there hasn't been a whole lot to blog about. we are getting ready to raku fire this weekend and i have spent a good portion of the last two days glazing beads and pendants (very boring).
today we fired the bisque kiln for the second time this week. we were down to knowing that it would be done in about two hours so jeff set the timer on the kitchen stove to remind us to shut it off... it's an old kiln without a kiln sitter or fancy computer stuff... just a timer. jeff was still in the studio working while i was getting stuff for dinner ready... i checked the pyrometer and noticed that the temp was dropping (yes we have the pyrometer on a long leash so we can read it in the kitchen!). i knew exactly what happened. the timer on the kiln shut it off. out the back door i went to turn it back on. i got busy in the kitchen again and of course the next time i checked the kiln it was a little hotter than we like to bisque... it was at about 1915 degrees. we should be still be ok.
i was a little mad at myself for not resetting the kitchen timer and it reminded me of something i saw on another potter's website this week. this potter relied on her kiln sitter to shut off her kiln... well it didn't. she melted all of her pots, popped the elements in the kiln, cracked the shelves and the posts. a VERY expensive mistake. she was firing a bisque to ^06 and she estimates that the kiln fired to ^10 (jeff says to cause that kind of damage to the kiln elements and shelves it was probably a higher temp that ^10).
...the moral of my story is...never trust a kiln sitter!
and this little kitten (a Dirt Works Pottery resident) has nothing to do with this post, but he sure is cute!