It's the morning after a woodfiring. I've gotten a good nights sleep, my morning caffeine, the second coating of lotion on my heat dried skin, assessed the injuries incurred during firing and gotten a second round of Ibuprofen into my system. Just an hour away from being right as rain. :-)
Having now completed our 11th firing I feel like we've arrived at a process that works well for us. Instead of doing everything in one four day weekend, we've spread the tasks out a bit. One weekend I glaze everything I think will fit in the kiln and then some. The following Friday is spent wadding the pots and loading the kiln. Then after a good nights sleep, Saturday morning the kiln is lit and we fire into mid-day Sunday. The weekend after that we unload.
It's a lot of work but so worth it. Today, I'll be loading a glaze load in the electric kiln to get one more load done for the the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour next weekend. I'm a potter, it's what we do - always have one more load to get done before something.
Have a great week.
Peeking in the wood kiln will begin on Wednesday and it will be unloaded on Saturday evening during our kiln opening party.