Temperatures here on the Cape have varied from the high 80s to the mid-90s over the past few days. What better time, then, to fire a load of pots and push up the local thermometer ever farther? So for the past few hours, temps in the studio have lingered up around 120 degrees F. I don't spend much time in there when I'm firing, especially in the summer. Just long enough to turn up the gas and check cones, then I'm outa there.
I turned the gas flame on low for an hour, starting at about 8:30 p.m. and then did the routine hourly turn-ups and body reduction and so on, up until about 2:30, when cone 10 was down at the top and bending at the bottom. That was shutdown on another six-hour or thereabouts firing. I left the studio doors open to dissipate the heat and went into town for an iced coffee and a bit of reading at Coffee Obsession. That post-firing coffee - hot in winter, cold in summer - is a routine I enjoy. And the afternoon is usually a less chatty time in the coffee shop, so real reading can be done.
Yesterday I took a break from glazing to photograph some of the summer flowers Dee has growing around the yard. And I ran into another worker there on the echinacea, undaunted by the heat, doing his job.