Friday, January 29, 2010

The first firing of 2nd chamber

We started preheating by gas at Sat 7pm, and started burning wood at Sun 2am. The weather was not friendly at all and also brought strong rain&wind, so it made everything worse. It was the most difficult firing for Takuro and me from our wood firing experiences, but we made it because our good friends helped us. We finished firing on Monday midnight and it took whole 2days.

We learned three things as the most important from this firing:
1: Prepare fire wood at least several months before the firing
2: Have thick insulation
3: Don't have firing in the storm

Huge thanks to:
Santiago Ramirez
Kacy Cook
David Stuempfle
Jeff Dean
Wayne Shiver
Chris Luther
Ikuko Hussy (Sukoshi-san)
and you!

Because kiln didn't have thick insulation, we were able to unload on Wednesday evening (2 days after the firing). The bottom got under fired, but we had some good works and they were delivered to NCPC for our group show.

It's been so busy since December, and finally we are able to sleep a lot.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Loading 2nd chamber

It might not be usual, but we decided to have the 2nd chamber firing as our first firing.

Go for it!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ready for firing

There were things at least we had to finish before firing, one is stack 10 more layers for chimney, and the second is making grate for the 2nd chamber fire box. Takuro didn't have time for that, so we asked Evan Morgan and Mac Metz who are very experienced glass kiln builders from Wet Dog Glass. They did great job and we really appreciate their help.After work, Takuro built brick wall for the 2nd chamber fire box.

Yeah, we are ready for the 2nd chamber the first firing!

I am ready!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Metal Braces 1/18

It's been a while since last post. We have been very busy and cold and not many things to update on this blog. We were making pots in the studio recently and we really hate to worry about freezing pots in the midnight. We are not supposed to have -10 degrees in Celsius. Maybe this summer or fall, we should work on putting insulation in our studio.

Anyway, we worked on kiln last weekend. Takuro asked our friend, Eddy Bernard (Wetdog Glass) to give us advice about metal frame for kiln chambers and chimney. It was a big help. Thank you, Eddie. The good thing is Takuro learned metal welding when he was in Japan for 5 months, and he is really good at putting metal together. He made metal brace for our kiln and it was a good job.

Chimney needs about 10 more layers, also there are some detail works, but it's getting better as well as weather! No more -10 degrees in Celsius, please.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Clean up around kiln

On New Year's day, after eating Ozoni in the morning, we started burning scrap woods from kiln shed in the Anagama chamber. It was completely same as when you start wood firing. We could also clean up kiln area and make bricks and mortal dry. Until 5pm, kiln got pretty warm and we were pleased because it was going to be really really cold after New Year's day. We hope this cold weather will go away sooner, so that we can do more preparation for the firing.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Kiln almost complete

Takuro finished making door for Anagama chamber on 30th, and we finished detail work for exit flue today (31th). We think we are done. We started building wood kiln in Spring 2009, and worked really hard through the year. Because friends helped us a lot, and many people cheer us up, so that we made it.

We really hope 2010 will be a great year for everyone.

A Happy New Year!

2010 is a year of Tiger