Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kiln fired, snow goes on and on and on ...


I shut down the kiln this afternoon about 2:45, about six hours after lighting it at nine this morning. This time the bottom pyro probe was running about 20 degrees hotter than the top one. That's about 180 degrees opposite what I expected, since there was a much tighter and taller pack in the bottom than in the top. Maybe that means that once the pots and furniture got hot down below, they just radiated that much more heat than the empty top several inches. This thing's always a mystery of one kind or another ...
So it's still hot in the studio, with the glow coming from inside around the plugs in the peeps. I'll open tomorrow morning around 10. As always, we'll see what we've got. I never know. This time, there are several tests of new glazes in there. That will be interesting.
Meanwhile, outside, the heavy, wet snow continues to fall. We're predicted to get another eight inches overnight, but also to get winds upwards of 50 or 60 miles per hour. So there could be power outages here.
This shot shows the back yard here, with the shed gallery closed up tight and still decorated with a wreath from two months ago. That bird house in the left foreground was made by my father years ago. It decorated my parents' house on Martha's Vineyard and is now slowly and with dignity deteriorating in the Cape Cod weather.

7 comments:

Tracey Brome said...

What a storybook photograph. Just need smoke coming out of a chimney to complete the picture! Boy you guys are really getting slammed with the weather up there. Gerry said they are bringing in snow to Vancouver by helicopter. There is just something so wrong about that, isn't there! Hope the firing is wonderful, sure it will be. Can't wait to see. I'm having a nice glass of red wine from "Gerry's" cup right now. Only time I get to use it is when he isn't here haha!

cookingwithgas said...

This will be a winter for the record books.
Love the birdhouse and the history.
Its the little things.
Hope your firing comes out as well as all the snow.
It will be interesting to see the pots with a nice snowy background.
Like we are back to Christmas....

Anna said...

Gosh, Ive had enough of this white stuff. Sorry we had to push it your way in order to get rid of it! Its been a long time since its snowed this month in the Piedmont...Hope the firing went great and that your tests are successful!

maria said...

I have seen in the news that you have a snowfall spectacular. Here it does not snow but it is a cold and long winter.

Good snowfall and kiln fired !!

Tracey Brome said...

I popped over to tell you that I took your teabowl to class today to show off and give an example of a perfectly wonderful uneven rim to a picky student that thinks her hand built rims must be perfect. My word verification is: slogiest, appropriate for our weather, huh!

Amy said...

will be fu to see what the kiln gives. I'll be checking back soon. Great snow pic!

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, all. Tracey, tell her there is no such thing as a perfect pot. Just like people. Maria, I'll take the Mediterranean weather any time over this wet and messy stuff. Enough with the snow, already ...