With the Art Trail behind us we can now contemplate Christmas and then the Festival of Pots.
We are scheduling the next kiln firing as follows:
There is a lot of preparatory work needed for the Festival so with the intervening holiday period as well, this will be the last firing before the Festival of Pots.
It is anticipated that the first firing in 2023 will be towards the end of February. Please remember the December firing will be subject to there being sufficient work so please crack into making mode again after the break for the Art Trail. As a guide to the quantity of work we need, the pre-art trail firing included over 200 pieces.
We are hoping that all those with work in the firing will be at the opening, though everyone is always welcome to come to see the exciting work that is passing through the kiln.
The next gas firing of the green downdraft kiln is scheduled as follows:
There are a limited number of pots currently waiting to be fired. Many more are needed to fill the kiln, typically we need about 140 pieces, the alternatives we may need to consider are rescheduling or possibly firing the smaller blue kiln.
It would be helpful if members who have work ready for firing could deliver their pots by the end of Labour Day so that an assessment of how we should proceed can be made on Tuesday 25th.
This firing was scheduled so the work could be fired for the Art Trail.
Good luck everyone with sales from the Arts Trail.
Any queries, please contact me at email@example.com
We fired the green updraft kiln last week with the unloading on Saturday. Lyuba helped with the loading and firing and more than a dozen members came and assisted with the unloading. Great results again with the firing with just 2 exceptions where a lower temperature glaze was used and resulted in a serious bonding to the shelf. It is disappointing to see this result as the new shelves are damaged and the work has to be chipped from the shelf with a hammer and chisel. Remember this kiln is fired to an even temperature throughout the kiln, to cone 10, which is 1300C to 1320C. Please check the list in the glaze room and Rod’s notes below on the glazes that SHOULD NOT be used.
If you do use any of these glazes, please label your pieces clearly and place them on the separately labelled shelf.
With the imminent Kapiti Coast Art Trail fast approaching, just a month to go, we are offering last minute gas firings subject to there being sufficient work on the shelves. Proposed dates are work in kiln room before loading starts at 9am, Thursday 27th October, firing Friday 28th starting 8.30am, unloading Sunday 30th at 2pm. That leaves just the week days to prepare and label your work before the first Art’s Trail Day on Saturday 5th November.
Neil Hey, Kilnmaster
NOTE FROM ROD
The following glazes are NOT suitable for the DOWNDRAUGHT kiln:
Van Guilders Ash, Purple Haze, Mamo and Silverton Blue
All the other gas fired glazes can be used in both kilns. It is important to list the
glazes on your ticket for the UPDRAUGHT kiln as that will determine where they
are placed in the kiln.
The DOWNDRAUGHT kiln fires to 1300C. Temperature is very consistent from top to bottom. There is a wider firing range in the UPDRAUGHT kiln, from 1280 at the
top to about 1315 at the bottom.
We hope to have firings in both kilns towards the end of October.
The last gloss firing of the updraft kiln was on July 28. The kiln was very tightly packed and included some work for the DCA students. The results from the firing were excellent.
There were a few pots that didn’t fit into the firing. On the shelves there were also a number of test glaze pieces and some work more suited to the variable temperatures achieved in the updraft kiln This work has been cleared with an updraft kiln firing.
There have also been 2 bisc firings of the downdraft kiln which has helped in clearing a build-up of pots resulting from one electric kiln being out of commission.
A firing of the updraft kiln was scheduled for the middle of September but as there is a limited amount of work on the shelves at present this has been postponed 2 weeks as follows:
These dates are subject to there being sufficient work available to fill the kiln and this can only be assessed in advance if work is loaded onto the shelves when it is ready for firing. Our target is to fire once a month but this is seldom achieved.
One thing to note please, is adding identifying marks on each piece. Without an identifier the pots cannot be charged to the individual accounts. In future pots without identification will be put to one side.
From Kilnmaster Neil
The gas firing scheduled for June 16th has been postponed because there are not enough pots available to make a kiln load. Hopefully this advance notice will save members from a last minute rush to get glazing completed for firing on that date.
The new date set for a firing is Thursday July 28, work to be on shelves by noon on Monday 25th for loading Tuesday 26th, 2pm. Unloading Saturday 30th 2pm.
It is good to have the work on the shelves a week in advance of the above dates so we can confirm that there is demand for a firing.
We are postponing the gas firing scheduled for May 4th as there have been very few pots received so far. The updraft kiln is quite large and typically requires about 140 pots to warrant a firing. There is nothing to indicate that the additional pots still needed will be delivered by the Monday 2nd deadline.
The May firing has been rescheduled as follows:
· all work on shelves by 12 noon, Monday 9th May
· loading will be completed Tuesday 10th May from 2pm
· firing Wednesday 11th May (all day, starting 7.45am, completed about 5pm)
· unloading Friday 13th May 2pm
This firing will still be dependent on there being sufficient work to fill the kiln.