Saturday, April 29, 2006

Below are a few pictures of the ware from the last salt firing. This firing process uses rock salt to glaze the pots. When the kiln reached about 2350 deg. I put 20 lbs of salt into the kiln over about a hour and a half period. The kiln was really cranky this time so it did not reach temp until 5:ooam in the morning after having fired for almost 24 hours. The process of putting the salt in the kiln is a little like a dance. There are four ports that you can open. You pour the salt along a piece of angle iron with a long handle, open a port, shove it in and then flip it over into the fire box where it vapourizes. It snaps and crakles and the heat is intense. After waiting for 5 to 10 minutes, you then go to the other corner on the other side of the kiln and repeat the process. And then you waltz to another corner, repeat and then on to last corner and repeat. You dance with fire and vapor.

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