Our members Nick and Lela will introduce you to some of the ins and outs of firing the Radius Rocket Kiln. Every kiln is different, but there are several common principles that must be learned in order to fire any manual gas kiln. During this cone 10 reduction firing, and we welcome you to put your own work into the kiln (details here), or just participate in the workshop to see what it is all about!
Students may attend any and all portions of this workshop that they would like to. The experience is designed for you to drop in during the specified time windows, but it is not required that you attend all parts.
Dates and (loose) timeline:
Friday, July 23rd @ 4pm : Loading begins. Arrive at 4pm for an explanation and a demonstration of the beginning of loading the kiln. Typically, loading takes takes 3-4 hours, and you are welcome to stay for as much or as little of this process as you want. After loading, the door is bricked up and the burners are turned on to warm the kiln up overnight.
Saturday, July 24 : Firing begins at 6am and (should be) going into reduction by 9am: The kiln will be turned at 6am (you are welcome to join if you are interested in seeing this part), and then will heat up for a few hours. During this time, the objective is to keep temperature even and to go from an oxidation to a reduction firing atmosphere around 9am (this is when it gets exciting so join around 9 for this action). Getting the kiln into reduction is not always easy and is effected by many factors (ex: the weather and how the kiln was loaded). There will be an explanation on how temperature and other details help to decide next steps for adjustments and there will be explanation on the difference between oxidation and reduction.
Saturday, July 24th @4-7pm: Final stages of the firing process. The kiln has been turned up and adjusted gradually over the coarse of the day for approximately 10 hours. Things are heating up and getting exciting! There will be an explanation of the steps leading up to this point, and tactics for encouraging reduction at peak temperatures/specific times.
Monday, July 26th @6pm: Unload. We get to unload the kiln and see all the fruits of our labor! We will interpret and discuss the results of the firing, and those of you who have work in the kiln can take home your goodies.
Workshop objective: You will walk away having a broader knowledge of what ^10 reduction firing is, and the differenced between gas and electric firing.
Learning principles :
– How to load a gas kiln for best results
– Cones/ heatwork- how to use them and what they do
– What reduction means- how it works and what it does
– Cone 10- how it is different than cone 6
– How to make decisions and adjustments while firing a gas kiln
– How to interpret the results of the firing by assessing the unloaded pieces.
We are excited to spread the knowledge and share the magic of reduction firing!