Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, I helped unload another kiln. I was more able to help ‘feed’ it during the firing, which was a good sign I think. Kilns are awesome. They are scary too, since they are basically alive. There is of course things you can do to control how they operate, but in the end, they do what they want (like a Charizard leveled up too high), and you have to be pretty cool with that.
This is a different kiln, but it’s pretty cool. That green fluff is fire, it looks like some Wizard of Oz nonsense. It isn’t actually nonsense, it’s all chemicals and magic, but some of it (most of it probably) is out of my reach.
I hadn’t thought of this before, but the flame that shoots out of the chimney like that is the same flame from the logs we put in the mouth some fifteen or twenty feet away, that’s pretty neat. Or, I think it is anyway.
The unbricking begins! Anticipation!
We see some pieces! No major damage inside, so far so good.
Our teacher Jonathan Cross edjumicating us about the bag wall and some such. I understand more now than I did when I started, but I still mostly just smile and nod.
Here’s what I put in:
Give or take a few that didn’t fit into the kiln. But hey, better too much work than not enough. Also, if the kiln gets too full, the flames can’t adequately run through the inside, so it’s better to have plenty of open spaces inside. It’s pretty much awesome feng shui.
And here’s what I got:
And here’s a lovely bunch of coconuts: