Susan Wells and I fired the kiln on Saturday and it could not have been more perfect, if there is such a thing. This kiln is a Ruggles and Rankin design and it fired beautifully. The very first post I did on this blog was from our first firing and we didn't have a clue what we were doing. This time we had good notes and knew what the kiln did and didn't want, and we learned to listen to it. It climbed steadily from 8:30 am until 11:30pm and we held it for an hour at cone 9. This time it didn't stall at cone 6 as this kiln is prone to do, we went right on through with just a little more wood than we had been adding and got on to cone 7 easily. It drizzled on and off throughout the day, but no downpour as had been predicted. I hope the pots faired as well as we did! Just a quick note to say that Wesley's band won the Battle of the Bands tonight at a rock band competition!!!!!!!! I'll get a post on that as soon as I remember how to get the video from camera to computer. They have a new bass player that thinks he is playing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, he is great. Joined the band thirty minutes before they were to go on without a bass player! You gotta love 15 year olds!
Here are some ways to pass the time while you get through a 14 hour day with a kiln. Play with a turtle, this one is Safari, she is a rescue from the road with a little leg she drags behind her.
Play with the chickens Susan's daughter Jolene raises
Roast sweet potatoes in the ash pit(these were great by the way. We also roasted pears)
The kids went with Tim to the pumkin patch in the afternoon and got us all a pumpkin, that's Jolene and Wes with their new heads. I have video of Jolene with her real head, later post.
Wesley and Jonas, no not brother and sister, just born a day apart in a parallel universe!
Tim taught Wes how to play the banjo
Then he taught her how to play the mandolin
What can I say, I love this couple!!!!!