Pit firing two


The last pit firing didn’t go as well as the first. Almost everything cracked. I may have to put off any more until the weather warms up again. In all likelihood the failures were on account of heat stress — some of which is to be expected in this kind of firing.

And I may just revert to electric smoking for the next five months, although the kiln is out in the garage which isn’t heated and has zero insulation as well. Only thing between the elements and the space is the siding.

I did use an old kiln shelf in this episode, in order to fit in some longer, flatter objects. I don’t think that had much to do with the cracking though.


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.

2 Responses to Pit firing two

  1. Julie says:

    Could you add some low-COE material to your clay to reduce the thermal shock?

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