|Vase H 170mm x W 180mm (6 3/4 x 7 1/8")|
The kiln was in reduction for 2 hours rather than the three of the first firing, and I finished reduction about 20 degrees higher than the time before.
|Vase with copper coloured crystals H 300mm x W 220mm (12" x 8 3/4")|
Both the pots and the kiln were much cleaner than after the first attempt.
|Bottle H 230mm x W 150mm (9 1/8" x 6")|
Finishing reduction at a slightly hotter temperature gave more chance to burn off excess carbon from the pots and the kiln. So there was very little cleaning to do when I unloaded. In the first firing, there was a lot of carbon on the kiln walls and on two of the pots.
In my post of July 25th I mentioned that we had a delightful young couple stay with us recently. On their last morning here, Jean-Francois and Yuka brought out a selection of interesting musical instruments and played them. I made a little video at the time, and thought that you might enjoy seeing it too. Featured are a Didgeridoo, a drum from Egypt, two types of Jew's harps, and some rattles from Africa.