|Rim of a flowerpot during the kiln firing|
|Cones before they go in the kiln - each is made of clay that melts at different temperatures|
|Cones in action- the ones flattened have melted, telling me that the kiln has reached beyond |
cone 10 (around 2300 Fahrenheit)
The cones give me a gauge for how hot the kiln is, as each cone melts at a different temperature. I usually shoot for cone 10, but reached 11 in nearly the entire kiln! My front left corner of the kiln is usually quite cool, but I have been adjusting the shelves to sit back from the wall and leaving more air space for the heat to move through.
|Why, yes, that is clay on a baking sheet, ready to go in the oven!|
|Side of a flowerpot|
|Top of a hanging planter in the kiln|
I'll have my fingers crossed for the next day with the hopes that everything turns out well! This coming Saturday is the Pottery Fair on the Square at Old Salem, so I hope to have some fresh flowerpots for the event!