Rear finished

Finished loading the rear of the first chamber today and will start on the middle and front tomorrow. It will be nice using the 8mm thin 35x37cm shelves after hefting those thick monsters up in that narrow rear space. That rear stack is 78cm from front to back.
 There are about 110 pots in the rear of the kiln. Could have fit many more, but I want to make sure that the flame gets around and not try anything daring until I have a few more firings under my belt. Some pots are staggered front to back, some are in straight rows, because I want to see if there is any difference in the outcome.

Just for kicks, there are 3 guinomi placed at the front of the stack at the base, just a few cm from where wood will be dropping in. If I can manage not to hit them, they might end up looking interesting. They are 3 different clays, for comparison.

Though I’d planned to pretty much ignore the second chamber for this first firing, it is looking like there will be enough pots to at least partially fill it. So, the second chamber will be getting loaded with low temp (about cone 6) work: feldspar glazes, a celadon-ish clear, white slip, and iron underglaze deco.

For all the stacking, I’m taking very careful notes about what is going where, knowing by now that no matter how sure I am that I will remember, after a week or so I never do.

Must not forget to place the cone packs before starting the middle section…

4 thoughts on “Rear finished”

  1. It wonderful! What are you using for wadding between the posts and shelves? Is is the same for the pots?
    I heard the using four is bad luck.. how many wads are on the plates..three, five?

  2. Hi Craig,
    Wadding is fireclay, left over from what I'd mixed for the chimney and leveling the floor shelves in the second chamber. If the wads were larger, I'd probably mix in some rice hulls, just because they are laying around. 3 wads about the size of a macadamia for the larger bowls, and for everything else, about the size of pine nut or smaller. This dosenbo fireclay is very soft after firing, and grinds off very easily if it doesn't just pop off. Where the plates are stacked, the dosenbo can be sort of 'pecked' off with a steel punch, then ground just a bit to remove the remaining burr. Then you end up with a nice old style plate.

  3. Hi Mike, nice loading !
    Heavy shelves not good for the back and more tiring, isn't it (9_9).
    So you've planned to not side stoke ? Or i'm wrong.

  4. Hi Eric,
    Oh, yes, side stoking will happen. Right in front of that stack. Rear stack is just behind the 3rd side stoke hole. The middle stack is situated just between the 2nd and 3rd side stoke holes.

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