I'm afraid we have some kind of camera/firing jinx. Those of you who were around for our first firing will recall that our camera died during our first firing. This time our camera stopped working right before unloading. Luckily the camera is still fairly new and they should fix it under warranty.
The firing went very well. None of the major catastrophes you've all come to expect from our last two firing. Our first two firing were marked with wheelbarrow loads of pots making there way back behind our barn to join the shard pile. None of that this time around.
Overall the firing went very well. We have slowly been figuring out our kiln, temperatures continue to get more even, and reduction more predictable. That not to say that we've got it all figured out. I just finished raising the bagwall a little bit more in preparation for the firing this fall, as the second chamber still tends toward a cool floor. Also we slightly over reduced this time... nothing horrible. I really like the color of the pots when they flash to go all the way from a deep orange to just a slight bit of white on the back side. The pots up front went from the same orange to a dark tan on the back side. So just not as much contrast as I would like, but still nice. I think what threw us off was the new door lets so much less air in the front of the kiln as compared to the old door. No biggie though.
We also had a little bit of trouble with glaze fit on a couple of my larger bowls. The glaze crazed so much that you can pull at the glaze with your fingernail where the glaze pooled in the center of the bowl. Not that the glaze is falling off, but it's not something that I would be comfortable selling. Only happened in a couple of bowls, and should be fixable.
Well that's most what we ran into this firing. I won't go bragging about our pots, though I do think they came out pretty well. I'll wait for the camera to come back in working order to show you all what the pots look like. The red slip is quite nice and adds a nice change of scenery from the white slip. Hopefully we'll get our camera fixed soon, though I imagine it might be a week or so...