Thursday, July 2, 2009

Kiln door

Well I'm afraid I've been running into a bit of bad luck this week. Monday I was biking along and my bike broke on me. And we're not talking about a flat tire or broken chain or anything, my actual bicycle frame broke. Big ol' crack along the top tube of the frame. Bummer. So I was driving over to my Bother-in-laws place the next day thinking about the best way to get me a bike when.... wait for it.... my truck broke. Ohhh, when it rains it pours. Hopefully though all the bad luck is past us now and the kiln will be perfect.
Anyways I still had a good visit at John's, my Brother-in-law. John has a nice selection of metal working tools, and helped me to build a new stoking door for the front of the kiln.

We used the same bricks in the door as we did on the floor of our kiln. I know hard bricks aren't the best choice as they are not very insulating. However the price was right and it will certainly be a major step up from the piece of roofing steel that we had before. The door is 12" tall and 18" wide which I think will work well. It seems nice to keep the door as small as possible. It really keeps the heat off of you while you are stoking. Of course if you are planning on pulling pots out during the firing you would probably want something a little bigger.
The best part about the door?

personalized monogram! Windy Ridge... Thanks John.

In other news after a short break. Our carpenters are almost finished with our mudroom.


The house feels so much more livable now that is sealed up from the weather. After the firing next week I'll be back to working on the house full time. The first big project is to finish the floor of the bathroom and kitchen. Then a whole lot of drywall patching/repair.
Thanks everybody for the input on the teapot spouts. It's always nice to hear what other people are thinking. One more day to make pots... I had better get back to it.
Joe

3 comments:

brandon phillips said...

i'm late to this party. my college prof posed this question to me during a critique. there is not a straight line anywhere on the piece, so why would you disrupt that rhythm with a straight spout? he was very good at critiquing in such a way that you what you did wasn't necessarily right or wrong, but you came away knowing you could do it better.

i think one thing that helps curved spouts visually is when the end of the spout isn't flat(think clary illian's spouts) again i think that falls into the curved vs straight debate. this is something i've recently began playing with and i like it...i'll post a photo if i get a chance.

STARworksCeramics/Takuro said...

I am so sorry for your bike. Kiln door with WR looks great. Mud room looks good too! Good Luck for one more day for making pottery for next firing!

jimgottuso said...

great door... i am a heavy duty hand made aficionado and the initials make it.