November 2019 River Song Pottery Train Kiln Firing
When you have reached peak temper in the front, and making the last push to get heat to the back of the train kiln...keep that front fire box loaded with big chunks of hardwood.
There are 3 stacks in this train kiln: front, middle, and back. With side stoke ports on either side of the middle stack.
We had great color this firing. Meaning the clays colors were great range of red to orange brown.
One of my favorite updates for this firing was the mood lights for the overnight shift. My favorite part of the unload was more of this gray/blue coal bed coloring as this was the longest firing yet, and we had big coal beds even in the side stoke aisles.
It's always fun to compare pots from one unload to the next.
If I was hard pressed to only have 8 pottery tools to use there are the ones I would pick. I have them segregated into two categories. Tools for throwing on the potter's wheel, and tools for carving. Sure I have a few other ones for example a bigger rib for making platters or a clothes pin for making lids...but these are my constant I use every day in the studio tools.
All the tools above are clickable links to the tools for sale at ClayKing.com. I highly recommend buying supplies from them. They work really hard to have competitive prices, and have a lot of supplies available from one location.
Check out more behind the scenes of my ceramic studio by clicking the link below.
I have a home/studio!
After many months of looking...we finally have a home to call our own in Milwaukee, WI. It's going to take a few more months to water proof my new basement studio, and to install tile flooring.
So, I am making the best of it, and turning my creative energy over to wood working. Finally using these maple boards and black walnut slab that were wedding gifts. I'm looking forward to sharing before and after photos.
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