barrel firing

Well, today my wife had to go to a baby shower, so I had a free afternoon to do as I please.  I went to my parent’s house and helped my dad burn a couple of his smaller prairie plantings and we started a barrel firing at the same time. It was a great, fire-filled day.  I tried a couple different things this time around for the barrel firing.  Most of the pieces are new, burnished pieces that I had made over the winter.  A couple of the pieces were ones we had previously fired last fall in a barrel and needed to be fired again due to large amounts of miracle grow melted to the side of the pots.

The weather was nearly perfect – it was a bit windier than I would have liked, but I think I shouldn’t have any problems with cracking this time since it is warmer than the last firing I did.  I tried a couple different types of clay to see which burnished the best and ended up with the best coloring after the firing.  I am pretty exciting to see how they come out.  I’ll probably empty the barrels tomorrow afternoon.

I am hoping to do a few barrel firings over the summer – I think I need to drill a few holes into the sides of one of the barrel to see if it helps burn faster and get better results.  I wanted to try one more firing without holes to see how they turn out.  I also need to stock up on supplies for firing – I found out I was short on a few ingredients for the firing.

My computer is still down and out, but I am hoping to get some photos up soon on the results of the firing.  I need to fire the kiln on Tuesday for student’s glazed work and that should give me some time to upload some photos.  Hopefully everything turns out great!

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