Saturday, 17 October 2009
well.... much much later...finally at 1.30am cone 9 was down, i'd chucked in quite a few chunks of redgum chips about 12 and fired an intermittent reduction opening up dampers for 15mins on the hour, i was very optimistic with my estimation of finishing the firing at 7.30pm..HA!
the burner prob. is a possible solenoid issue, the 2nd burner just goes out at random, it went out 4-5 times during the firing which lost temp at several points when i wasn't around the studio...so later i made sure i was there.
late night was quite good i have a rather old telly in the studio just for night like this and love actually was on last night so good fun to watch while nursing the kiln......and the evening was rather chilly after a cool day with the bottles freezing up at will....
In the afternoon I finished up mondays throwing work with handling some mugs, put the teapots together and note to self i really need to mix up the recycled clay with a firmer body, that's what most of these are thrown in it just doesn't feel good when trimming, the finish will be ok with some nice porcelain slip over..
lastly i trimmed some covered bowls but they're a bit light on in the bottom thickness good for a practise run though.. and much later threw some lil bottles for raku too, that's it til opening and check out if it's a success or not, cheers all happy wkd..