1127 – 1279

What were your ancestors doing in the years 1127 a.d. thru 1279 a.d. (152 years)?

A sunken chinese merchant ship was found in 1987, the first ancient ship found along the Maritime Silk Road. Among the contents were 60,000 to 80,000 precious cargo, especially ceramics (The Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Museum)!

Each piece made by hand.

Marveling at the number of hours invested to create each piece.

Imagining the life of one day of one chinese potter.

Check out some of the finds:

Here is from the Facebook page:

Starting Out small

Three exciting Kiln projects!

  • Converted Electric Kiln to Raku Kiln
  • Old gifted Electric Kiln
  • Pit Fire

Firstly, while flying by the seat of my pants I am going to build a small hard fire brick pit fire (much smaller than the photo above). I think two of the bigger things I’m slightly giddy about are what oxides I’m going to add to combustibles and whether/how to do Sagar with tin foil with dried banana peels!

Recently the Universe blessed me with the meeting of two very lovely people, “George and Patty” who sold me their lot of hard fire bricks. George is a potter who had created some amazing pieces, two of which I was graced with seeing up close and personal. This adventure was truly a gift on multiple levels. Two trips to load up these bricks with my oldest grandson has brought me priceless treasured memories to cherish the rest of my days.

Thank you George!

Do you wanna build a Snowman?

How about some figurines?

Pieces fired in the initial firings are TOTALLY experimental. In other words it’ll be an exercise in LETTING GO. Wanna join me?

Here’s an interesting thought… how much BTU will be consumed in a 1.4 cubic foot container (aka the Pit Fire) per hour? http://www.kylesconverter.com/energy,-work,-and-heat/cubic-yards-of-atmosphere And what is a BTU? LOL (answer: British Thermal Unit) “Most common use of term BTU in everyday language. Energy required to raise the temperature of 1lb of water by 1°F. Approximately 1.05505585262 x 103 Joules (SI).” Okay that was fun to tossle around in my brain before I refocused on the next step… which is to choose an option for an insulating variable.

Ceramic Fiber Board vs Ceramic Fiber Blanket (1″ #8 density with ITC undefined https://amzn.to/2NLNmnA) vs justICT) or just 100 ITC… or just “wing it” LOL!