Sunday, October 26, 2008

Snow and Saggers

First day of Snow! It came a little earlier than we expected. Christy and I are both hoping that winter holds off a little longer until we can move into our house. Not sure that we've posted a picture of it on our blog, but we are currently living in a 28 foot long travel trailer/camper. It's been perfect for this summer, cheap and fast. It allowed us to start setting the pottery up right away. However it's starting to get a little chilly in the camper. We're counting down the days until we can move into the house.
We finished the last of the pots today and started making saggers. This is the first time either of us have made saggers. We got the Idea from Mark Skudlarek who has a beautiful chambered kiln a couple hours east of us. The idea is to stack Christy's platters as well as my plates in the saggers at the front of the second and third chamber to act as a bag wall to direct the flame path. This first firing we will stack them up as a bag wall, but we will have to leave the saggers empty. It doesn't look like we will have time to make all of the saggers we had hoped. probably just enough to stack up a bag wall for the second chamber. It took us a while to get into a rhythm hand building the saggers. We made eight of these larger saggers (19"x12"x4") this afternoon. Tomorrow we will make smaller square saggers. As well as cut holes in these saggers to allow some atmoshpere to enter the saggers.

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