Saturday, February 26, 2011
I thank my lucky stars today; I found a used Olympic torchbearer kiln for a very reasonable price. The propane fueled raku/reduction kiln is about 18 x 27 inches with two burners. It came with the shelves, the tongs, the pyrometer, and a rolling stand. Not only that I now have a renewed energy for clay to boot. Even Gary is excited. He didn't even balk when I ran into the garage and said hurry, let's get going, we're going to look at a raku kiln.
The purchase of the kiln was bittersweet because the person I got the kiln from, Gary Finfrock, lost his vision in 2004. He said he can no longer safely do reduction and raku. But Gary is an inspiration because he still makes pottery on his wheel and fires in an electric kiln and sells his work in local art fairs. The kiln is still in the back of my car. We'll unload it today, and prepare for a firing very soon. I have a few little plates in the drying cabinet I can use for a test firing, so stay tuned.