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MCCC Salt Fire 2008

Being part of the class this time, Ye Olde Photographer got less than thorough coverage, but we hope to give some idea of the process. As luck would have it, the kiln loading day was one of the coldest and windiest days in a week or more, but we endured.

Unloading day brought excitement -- and disappointment. Some of us had problems with flashing slip being too thick and flaking. At least one major piece cracked for no obvious reason, and some chunks of "stuff" from this weary old kiln fused to some of the pieces on the top shelf. One support brick softened to the point that a shelf contacted the work. In spite of all that there were a significant number of worthy pieces came out (and after all, it is a learning process).

Salt Kiln Half Full
Salt Kiln Half Full
Spatial Relations
Spatial Relations
Cleaning Furniture
Cleaning "Furniture"
Nearly Full
Nearly Full
More On Standby
More On Standby
Brick Work Starts
Brick Work Starts
Building Up Door
Building Up Door
Door Bricked Up
Door Bricked Up
Heat Applied 13 April
Heat Applied 13 April
14 April - Full Heat On
14 April - Full Heat On
Gas Burner
Gas Burner
15 April - Cooldown Begins
15 April - Cooldown Begins
21 April Unloading
21 April Unloading
Unloaded Pieces
Unloaded Pieces
Unloaded Pieces
Unloaded Pieces
Cleaning Shelves
Cleaning Shelves