Yesterday I spent the day firing some new work. I don’t yet have my own gas kiln, so I shared a kiln load with fellow potter Tanya Gomez. Spending time in Tanya’s studio, I took some photos of my surroundings, whilst babysitting the kiln and between occasional checks of the pyrometer.
Whilst at Tanya’s studio, we chatted about how gas kilns appear to have personalities and quirks of their own. Regular firings help to ‘get to know them’, but even then, they can change their behaviour in little ways, from firing to firing, sometimes literally depending on the weather.
So, even though all went very well, it is with the usual tinge of apprehension as well as excitement that I await the opening of the kiln.