Finale!

Posted on August 11, 2015 in anagama, firing, Uncategorized | No Comments

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Well, we finished with a bang!  And with a sense of togetherness, which is always nice.  Bangs sometimes engender solidarity, and when I instructed Lee to run up and close the chimney damper while I was finished up the kibuta (wood-pig: this is when we stuff the firebox full of wood for a final, dramatic reduction), I hadn’t quite counted on the obvious result that would be the fire desperately clawing at the one remaining opening.  Flame immediately began to haemorrhage through the front opening. I calmly asked Lee to come back down and give me a hand, because of course I fumbled the $*#& door  (which for years hasn’t worked properly, just a constant rotation of old kiln shelves hung up with that *$&# wire, and eternally cracking and having to be replaced mid-firing).  The wire ended up just disintegrating before the end, and so we came up with something else.  I *knew* that broken shovel had to be good for something!  I received quite a significant burn on my face, and was blinded for several moments, while scrabbling around in the dirt trying to find bricks to stack up against the firebox door.  The fire bled out,  searching for something, looking for me.

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Horus  had fallen asleep, and slept through the whole finale,  a few feet away, cozy, apparently.

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When we got everything under control, and had sealed the cracks and fissures of the kiln with slurry, Lee and I just had to giggle.  Well that was fun!

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I’ve been hacking up black phlegm for a few days now.  I’m sure that will pass. Hardcore.

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