Sunday, July 26, 2009

Peephole View

I took a couple of pics through the peephole of my kiln yesterday, obviously while it was still hot. In this first picture, you can just see the curve of one of my pots, about a quarter of the way down from the top.
You can make these out much better.I'm actually relieved that I was wrong yesterday about my senior cone being melted. Reader's Digest version: In order to monitor the heat of the kiln, pyrometric cones are used. You use three cones that melt at three different temperatures. One cone melts below your desired temp, one at your desired temp, and one at one hotter than your target temp. The diagram below tells the story.
I mistook my guide cone for my senior cone and nearly had a coronary! Thank goodness when I opened up the kiln this morning, I realized my mistake. My senior cone had bent only a minuscule amount. Whew!
Here's a section of my little darlings, still warm from the kiln. Next stop glazing and the glaze firing!

5 comments:

  1. Fabulous creations! I'm so jealous! Used to do "ceramics" as a kid (dating myself again). A kiln would be too much fun!

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  2. Oh, I love seeing them all on the shelf like that - I don't know HOW you sleep with so much fun stuff to play with!!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  3. Dixie- I keep waking up-all by myself without an alarm clock-at 5:30 a.m. Get this- I'm currently unemployed and looking for a job, and I'm not required to be up! Ugh!
    So I look for work, take care of the house, procrastinate on painting my office, and make pots and Halloween props. Oh, and work on my super-secret project! ;o)
    It's pretty dang awesome!
    And thanks to all of you. I appreciate your support so very much!

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  4. Wow, I love this ceramic lesson I am getting, you are saving me money on a class!!! :)

    Very cool, you have me inspired. Not that I need another hobby :D

    Lovely and creative work. Keep it up!

    Cheers!

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