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We loaded up the kiln yesterday afternoon and set the kiln for a bisque firing that takes 12 hours to fire up to 1,828° F.  This is some of the pottery before firing, once loaded into the kiln:

After the 12 hours of firing up to 1,828°F, the kiln must cool for an additional 19 hours.  Now I say 19 hours to cool when we are firing in pretty warm weather here in Columbus, OH.  I think the temperatures have been in the upper 80’s to lower 90’s here during the time of the kiln attempting to cool.  So of course in January, we will see very different cooling times.

Here’s what we have for the bisque.  Notice the light pink coloration of much of the pottery.  This is a temporary color that will change and mature into a tan color upon glaze firing the pieces.

We fired one really large (15 inch) buckeye leaf plate, three large (10 inch) collanders, a wall hanging sconce (oil lamp), a wall hanging buckeye leaf on (white) porcelain, 22 Ohios made of porcelain to be turned into magnets, a “flower petal” bowl, a sponge holder, a self draining soap dish, and two Cocker Spaniel Bowls.  Cocker Spaniel bowls are designed especially for cocker spaniels to keep their long ears out of their food and water.

Next up… Glazing all this pottery!

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