The snow firing of my new wood-fired kiln went well with a Christmas Day opening surrounded by my family. Our official opening happened on Sunday, Dec. 27 when I could gather many of the folks who helped me build and fill the new kiln. Results were better than expected! While I didn't get many pots made for the first firing there were over a dozen potters who had work in it to get it started on the right track. Speaking of tracks, the car released well with only minor opening problems. I have a list of modifications to tackle before our second firing late in February. It will take a few firings to get the hang of using the bourry style fire box to its best advantage and to properly prepare wood for it. My hope is that we can shorten the firing time and even out the temperature a bit. For a full web album of the construction and firing of the kiln go to: http://picasaweb.google.com/DavidMollyVoorhees/DVWoodKiln?authkey=Gv1sRgCI2_p7z16P6SCw&feat=email#
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.