Monday, 14 February 2011

practice pig!

I didn't glaze the practice pig!

Today is crack filling day. I'm wondering if the cold weather affected the kiln, but as far as I know it didn't get below freezing inside.
Reading about kiln building, the advice is to use higher temperature rated bricks in the fireboxes and flue. That hasn't been done with this one, hence the toasted fireboxes. (plus I'm still very much learning). However it IS a kiln, and I AM producing pots!!

This one must have been on the way for a while-it explains the crack in the bottom shelf.
I think I need different bricks for the bagwall, and bigger props to spread the load too.

Just ordered gas....for a 47kg bottle (100 pound? not sure how many gallons) it has gone from £45 to £50. Could be worse. If nothing else it is incentive to fire more efficiently!!

It seems to want to add more labels to this post, so I'll go along with what the blog wants!!

It is still showery and a little colder-snow is getting nearer, but mainly on the mountains.

I've beaten the housework into submission, and cleaned a few windows before the showers- that has brightened things up in every way!!

8 comments:

Hawthorn said...

I love that pig! Excellent - it looks so quizzical!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

such a wonderful pig!

TropiClay Studio said...

Great pig! Where's the sheep?

Sandra said...

Love the mug and pig of course !! :)

Gwnïo said...

So you're an artist as well as a potter?!
Love the pig!

gz said...

ah, the old Art v Craft!
Potters are artists too!!

gz said...

The practice sheep wasn't quite right
we'll have to wait for the firing to cool before we see the sheep....

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Sweet little porker!