It takes AGES to sort through the photos and downsize them for this blog (facebook you can just download any size), so my lovely friend Nicola has put the photos on to a Picasa album with public access. The photos are uncropped or adjusted, but will give you a feel for the great day we had.
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Other people who have recently joined the team to learn about firebox and fibre kiln building are Bev McKenzie, Chris Fairley and Tanya. Rae Lye and Duncan Ryder have also helped out with the firebox building, kiln making and wood chopping.
The least pleasant task of the project has been completed. Ceramic fibre is not very nice stuff – very much like fibreglass insulation bats. You need lots of protective clothing, gloves, masks and barrier cream to stop the small fibre hairs itching your skin.
However, with a process in place and protective clothing on, the task can be completed with relative ease. Especially if there is only one kiln to build. Bit tough having to do three!!
A couple of more people joined us at this stage to learn about the kiln and firebox building process – Bev McKenzie and Chris Fairly. The extra hands certainly came in handy. Big thanks also to Ray Lye for helping out with the spot welding. It is not normally needed, wire is fine for tying the walls together, but it helps with cost efficiency if you can get a kiln out of one sheet of reinforcing mesh – made possible by Ray welding stray bits together to make up a roof etc.
It took a couple of sessions, but we got there! Yay! And it felt like a major milestone had been achieved.
Fibre kiln building instructions
Elsa and Linda measuring out the ceramic fibre.
Sandra checking the reinforcing mesh for size.
Buttoning fibre to reinforcing mesh walls
Third fibre kiln finished!!!
Community Hearth Team LtoR: Linda Ryder, Elsa Lye, Bev McKenzie, Chris Fairley, Susan St Lawrence, Mark Trail, Lynnda McLachlan, Sandra Quintal, and Yvette Phillips.
Elsa moved Le Tron out to the firing site. Moving uncooked clay pieces is always a tad fraught; it is so easy to crack or break something. But the combined holding-of-breaths paid off, and he arrived out at site unscathed. It felt very strange to have him gone from the studio; the gap was keenly felt. However as artists we knew that moving the pieces on to the next step opened up the space for something else to be created in its place.