First the disclaimer: Although I have fired approximately 3.5 GAGILLION kilns, I have only fired this one thrice.
So this morning, I wake up fully expecting to open up said kiln and find my ware all nice and toasty, ready to glaze.
Well, I did wake up. This morning I mean.
The small kiln I have is fired electronically. Also manually.
It fires electronically, but there is a mechanical safety device to shut the kiln off.
Most kilns are fired using pyrometric cones. These cones, made by the wonderful people at Orton, are designed to melt at a certain temperature. This is a cone:
Now this cone has been fired so it's white; some cones are white and some are other colors so you can tell them apart, but fired they are all white.
These cones are all fall down, meaning the kiln reached the desired temperature.
Here are the cones I use:
The cones I use are smaller(called small cones!) for my kiln is like small.
Here is what a small cone looks like compared to a large cone:
So anyways, all day long, I'm wondering what the hell happened in happy kiln land. The ware inside looks okay, the safety device, called a kiln sitter, did not pop off meaning the kiln did not reach temperature.
Well sports fans, I have proved once again, that no matter how good you think you are, there is always someone better. Or smarter. Or in this case, I was just lame.
Lame, for my over inflated ego caused me to skim over the firing instructions, hence I got the settings on the electronic controller and manual controller backwards.
The small, humble, I do what I can kiln has shamed/slain the ceramic artist with the giant ego.
Tomorrow morning, I hope to open up that little gem and see a pyrometric cone all bent out of shape like the one on the bottom.
Not the one on the top:
And hopefully nothing exploded inside.
Then, I would be forced to blame the kiln.
Now that would really be lame.