Have I been busy!!! But it will be worth it. I have the kiln just about ready to go for my next load. Maybe some people are not familiar with wood firing, but there's alot of preparation for each firing. I need several hundred pots to fill the kiln, depending on the size of the pieces... could be only 250 pots if there more large pieces. Still that's alot of throwing, trimming (and I have quite a few tea bowls with hand carved bottoms). Then fire three loads in my large, electric kiln ( the bisque firings). Also, most of my pieces this time have alot more elaborite glazing and it's taken me twice as long to glaze. Then there's straw to cut up into little tiny pieces to put in the wadding so the ash doesn't weld the pieces to the shelf. I use straw instead of rice hulls, I still get the silica structure I need to mix in with the refractory clay and sawdust for the mixture. I'll put that together tonight now that the glazing is done. Then the better part of the day tomorrow, Wednesday, to load everything, giving thought to each pieces placement in the kiln, postition on the shelf and the direction of the flame and ash is considered. Then a couple of hours bricking in the door and then I can start the actual firing. I should be ready to light the candle fire Wednesday night. Can't wait to see how it all comes out. I'll be sure to share with you all.
Talk to you in a few days. Bill