Saturday, November 9, 2013

Kiln repair

Both the kilns have been out of action
elemental troubles.

I had to replace one of the bricks ...
what a job!
The brick was just under the spy hole at the front which meant
I had to lean into the kiln on tippy- toes
and scratch away for about an hour basically upside down.

This is really a job for a flat chested tall person.
As the kiln was out of action, the pottery to fire, continued to build up
until there was no room left on the shelf.

I think we need a good look at all that is on the shelf.
The Pottery club may be having an exhibition at our local vet clinic.
They have just built a huge new clinic...
and given that our oil lamps are mainly animal themed

it seemed appropriate to showcase our work there.

The owners are art patrons and the walls have always been
covered in original artworks, so fingers crossed.

David has made another oil lamp...
this time it reflects the 2 bee keepers in the pottery club.
We have been lucky to have sampled the honey that was created here on the farm
by those clever bees. Thanks Michaal!
I will link this post to Mud colony. 
Check out what has been happening in some other pottery studios this week
by clicking on this link.


Georgia Harvey said...

That really sounds awkward. This is probably common knowledge to anyone who's been working in clay for a while but I only just realised recently that firebricks often have a high asbestos content. Here I've been sawing away to create props and fix losses, breathing in all the dust no doubt. I hope you were well kitted out in protective gear JB!

Caroline said...

*swear word* I am seriously hoping for Jayne's sake that those bricks are not such as those Georgia speaks of.

Georgia Harvey said...

I've since gone off and done some more reading - the wikipedia entry on fire bricks/fire clay doesn't even mention asbestos as a potential component, so I reckon my info's dodgy. Probably it was about its use historically. Anyway - regardless, I'm constantly having to remind myself not to be too lax when playing with all the fun materials associated with ceramics - sometimes (even if it is a drag) it's probably safer to treat everything unknown as though it is hazardous and just be cautious in how we handle it!