Test firing

Yesterday I test fired my new (old) Knight kiln. It made it to cone 04, as high as I had planned on this occassion. One of the elements fell out of place, where the brick is busted and its ledge is gone. This isn’t too surprising. It took less than six hours, and since I only fired three little pieces of clay I probably could have fired it much more quickly. A full load would take longer. The following is a bad photograph I snapped before leaving home this morning of one little piece of clay. It’s a low-fire white clay body, into which I pressed a pink ruby (cabachon), a sapphire (cabachon), a square-cut blue topaz (wich lost all of its color) and a herkimer crystal. The red spot is an old underglaze I liked and kept around that, somewhat peculiarly, looks like a wonderful red glaze after being fired (moreso the more thickly it’s applied):

Test firing

About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

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