Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: kiln firing, process, production

Well, I’m working pretty much right up to the last minute. I’m firing another soda kiln this coming Saturday. Which means I’ve got to load Friday night, and get everything glazed before then. Fine, right? Except I’ve been working to make more work to fill the kiln… including some freshly thrown pieces from Saturday, stamped & trimmed on Monday, drying not quite fast enough… and going into this kiln a little on the damp side tonight!!!

Kiln Layer #1 – bowls, salt & pepper shakers, mini vases…
and a bisqued bowl being re-fired to get rid of some run-away wax resist!

Kiln Layer #2 -bowls, brie bakers, ring holders and mini vases.

Kiln Layer #2-1/2 – another brie baker, ring holders and soap dish drainer inserts.

Kiln Layer #3 – bowls, teapots, salt & pepper shakers and two lidded jars.

Sure, it may not be my tightest kiln loading ever… but I used so much kiln filler in my last bisque kiln that I had nothing left to “fill” this one with. And I was more concerned with finishing everything in time to get this kiln fired up!!!

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