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Opening the Kiln on a Glaze fire is like Christmas

My favourite part of creating with clay is the opening of the kiln when a glaze firing has finally cooled enough. I never really know what my work will look like when its glazed, there are so many interactions between the glaze and clay when its being heated to 1250 degrees centigrade over 12 hours and then cooled slowly for a further 12 hours. The way the kiln is packed makes subtle changes in the distribution of heat, the placing of pieces on different shelves, the different clays used, the different application of the glazes, all have an impact on the final result. It makes opening the kiln really exciting, a true 'christmas morning' sort of feeling. Below is a compilation video of my latest glaze firing.

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