Saturday, 19 June 2010
big mummas off!!!
had a rippa of a day today firing the old girl in her 4th life now...she's been moved rebuilt and pulled down more times than any other kiln i know and here she blows again...a big shout out to all who had a hand in this rebuild and getting to this point yet again... we'll test, make adjustments and then get the commissioning over and complied with all the new regulations, followed by the official check and off we go! woo!
it's been a full day started at 7am by the brave who slowly coerced up to safe temp to bring in the big burners ... copious amounts of steam flowed freely from every orifice available, followed by a steady trickle from the roof too...then the rain came down and the birds sang, we scrubbed clean our newly acquired bbq, sold an old one to the theatre group.... there'll be a ward kiln on ebay soon and possibly a tetlow kiln too as we are clearing up and cashing in some assets for some other well needed new tools..
all this flurry of activity followed by a yummy bbq lunch, thanks belinda, maker of budda who is still intact despite a large pop i heard at about 160 degC... i later saw one of annas apples in the firebox so he's well toasted sorry bout that anna...me thinks something may have blown and pushed him over the edge!!
after 600C it was relatively uneventful apart from the usual studio antics....nice work team the unveiling will be tuesday night when we crack it....