Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Setting up my Raku Kiln

While I was languishing in bed yesterday (with a gall bladder attack; leek soup might not have been the best choice) Gary was busy bringing my raku kiln from the storage unit to the lower covered porch adjacent my studio. He's trying to get everything out of there so we don't have to pay storage for another month. Firing the kiln under a covered porch doesn't seem safe. What if I put tin under the upper deck; do you think that would be safe? The upper deck is about 10 feet up, I think, I can measure later.

Here's a link to see the kiln at my last home.

Yesterday was the first day I didn't take any pain pills for my shoulder but then last night I had to take one. And this morning I feel like I need one. Ugh.

We're trying to figure out a permanent place to set up the kiln. At our last place we could roll it out of the garage but the garage is full of other items here and I'm not sure I should fire the kiln on blacktop. That rolling cart was rather precarious to set the kiln on. What to do? Not that I have any pottery pieces made to fire in the kiln; I'll have to remedy that soon; when I am able that is.

Too many set backs are happening. And I am getting behind on my assignments for my online clay surfacing class. I never knew how much I should have appreciated my left arm till now. After typing this I am plum worn out. Sit down to read, stand up to type, sit down to read, stand up to correct typos, sit down to read, and so on. I am reading your blogs just not commenting as much. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

10 comments:

  1. Oh Linda, you need to take time to heal, so don't worry about not commenting over on my blog, I'll understand. I do know folks who have kilns in wood structures, but don't know the protection they use. Someone else will have to give you info on that. Sending healing wishes. Barb

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  2. Tin or cement board might be ample shields but I wonder if it would be better just to put your raku kiln on wheels so you can situate it in an area away from the house when you're firing then roll it back under when it's cool.

    Take care of yourself, rest, read, meditate...

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  3. hi barb, thanks, hard for me to rest up when gary is pushing me to get more done

    hi lori, thanks, that's what i think but it makes the kiln higher in the air and harder to reach into, perhaps gary will take the pieces out and i can load them since he is so tall, we shall see

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  4. Dunt wury bot corructshuns

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  5. hi dennis thanks your comments always make me smile

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  6. Gall bladder attack? And your poor shoulder? Your body isn't playing nice at the moment is it.
    Take as much care of your important self as you can.

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  7. hi elephant's child thanks, i probably should have had my gall bladder out a long time ago, but an operation and recovery are too time and money consuming so I plod along.

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  8. Oh my goodness, Linda.. you are in a state.. I agree with others, take time to heal. Also, I think the kiln on wheels is the best idea. There is just too much toxic smoke to have it near your house. Sending healing vibes your way. T.

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  9. Don't know much about kilns, but beware of fires. Best wishes for your shoulder.

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  10. Hi Trish, thanks, this shoulder thing has really thrown me for a loop

    hi Gigi, thanks, i hope it gets better soon

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