I'm back at home today taking a well deserved day off, catching up on sleep, corespondents, and figuring out my schedule for the next several weeks.
It was a whirlwind of a week, and I'm afraid my exit from NC was just as hurried. There were many friends and fellow potters that I didn't get a chance to visit.
The firing itself went well. Although Julie aims to fire for 12-14 hours in the future, for the first firing we took quite a bit longer. The kiln was still quite wet from rebuilding the firebox, so we took our time drying everything out. After we built up some heat and the firebox was more or less dry the kiln seemed to tick along nicely with no real hitches in finishing the first or second chamber.
Julie has a more thorough write up of the whole event which you can check out on her blog here. Julie's friend Stewart Waller spent most of the day at the firing and took many great pictures. The one below being one of my favorites. You can see all the photos here.