|A hat, a jacket, two jerseys, and other layers just about kept me warm stoking the kiln!|
|Front of chamber with some of the bag wall visible, and a few small unglazed stoneware pots on top to get a natural glaze from the ash and flame.|
This made a substantial change to things. When the chamber became hot enough for me to see the glow inside, I could see from the colour, that the bottom of the chamber now was a little hotter than the top, but it was more even.
It is inevitable in a small kiln like this, that there will be some problems evening out the temperature from front to back of the chamber. In fact, with this design, I think it unlikely that it ever could be even, so the interesting and challenging thing to do is to try to understand the kiln, then make work that flourishes in the environments that the kiln offers.
Whilst testing the kiln I am putting pots that don't matter much, in the most exciting part of the chamber, and the pots that do matter, nearer the back where the conditions are more predictable and stable.
|A great relief to see these two that mattered at the back of the kiln, really well fired with no glaze defects.|
|Bill and his dog visited to see the kiln being unloaded. Notice that I have easy access to the kiln through the firebox, once its top is removed.|
|Big planter, about 23.5 inches tall (600mm). This looks so good outside in its natural environment.|
|This one is a little bit taller at 26 inches (660mm).|
|Garden snails, no garden is complete without them!!|