Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Home again

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.

you can see the firebox is just starting to dry out

Next up for Windy Ridge Pottery? The Madison farmer's market. It's the largest farmers market in the nation, we'll be there all summer long selling pots every Saturday. So if you are in the area stop on out and pay us a visit.



Wow! I love that photo, too. There is something awfully beautiful about that familiar glow coming out of a kiln.

Good luck at the Madison Farmer's Market~

ang walford said...

looks like you have been incredibly busy Joe....Just catching up on everything since being away also its so good to see julies kiln all up and ready!! heres to your next making cycle too and have a great summer!!!