Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lots o' pots

We unloaded the wood kiln this afternoon, and the results were among the best I've ever experienced at Cedar Creek, with excellent flashing and carbon trapping and good soda distribution throughout. One likes to imagine that the extreme heat, humidity, and rain helped. Even the pots in the bottom front (persistently the coolest spot of the kiln) and on and in the bag wall (which had collapsed during the firing preceding ours and had to be rebuilt last week) turned out nicely.

And yet...the time has come to start fantasizing about building a plain old soda kiln closer to home--something smaller, cleaner, and less labor-intensive than wood. Of course, at the rate I fantasize, it could take a while...

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