Bending cones and The Frozen Tank

Webb decorated bisque ware I love the look of pots all laid out whether they be green ware or pots  waiting to be loaded in the gas kiln, as these are.   The mugs almost remind me of a regiment of soldiers, or a tightly packed school of fish all swimming in the same direction.

I’ve been finishing up a gas firing this morning, busily trying to keep the gas tank from freezing up until the propane truck finally makes it here this afternoon.  We’re cutting it pretty close though.. down to less than 5% in the tank and I have the garden hose dribbling some water on it so I don’t lose gas pressure completely.   Thankfully though,  cone 9 is bending evenly top and bottom so we’re in the home stretch.

I made a little adjustment to the way my target bricks were positioned this time (an experiment) in hopes of making the firing more efficient.  Evidently it has had some effect because the last time the kiln was stacked similarly, I had a good cone or 2 difference from top to bottom .   I guess I’ll only know for sure once the kiln is opened.

Looking forward to this kiln opening. I have several pots in there with clay from our new clay deposit I mentioned in my last post.

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12 Responses to “Bending cones and The Frozen Tank”

  • JerryNo Gravatar Says:

    I am not familiar with the term “target brick”. Could you please explain what that is? Thank you.

  • annewebbNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Jerry..
    When firing a fuel driven kiln, you want the flame to reach every part of your kiln so that it fires to an even temperature throughout. With that in mind, you try to place a brick at an angle which will help to accomplish that. In my case, my kiln burners point from the back toward the front of the kiln. Instead of that flame just hitting the flat front wall of the kiln, I have placed a brick at approx a 45 degree angle to direct the flame in an upward direction. That brick is called a “target brick”.

  • garydexNo Gravatar Says:

    Wow! You really cut it close! I know it is nerve-wracking to run that low on gas and you’re a champ to go for it. More power to the brave and confident! Love your stuff! Have you ever thought about wood firing? You’re probably not that crazy.

  • cynthiaNo Gravatar Says:

    I love the way these mug are all lined up too like a school or the terracotta army!

    I don’t understand enough about gas firing, but hear lots of discussion about bag walls, target bricks etc. at the guild…

    Hope your sale went well!

  • Brian MNo Gravatar Says:

    Do you throw your mugs off the hump or directly on the wheelhead?

  • Brian MNo Gravatar Says:

    How much clay (weight wise) would you say you measure out for a standard size mug?
    I find that I use to much clay when throwing off the wheel head. I have large hands being 6’2 and I’m very good at making flower vases, but since mugs are a bit smaller I’m unsure on how much clay to use.

    Thanks again.

  • Brian MNo Gravatar Says:

    Simply amazing.

    I’m so glad I live in an age when I can get help from people miles away!

  • Brian MNo Gravatar Says:

    Fail Sauce…
    The only book I could find was “Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose”
    but it’s not on amazon or B&N. But I’ll keep and eye out for it.

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