It was an excellent day at Yungaburra market on Saturday. Perfect weather, picturesque market and happy people. Welcome to Colin & Oliver on holiday from the UK – specifically here to purchase more Opal mugs – they said. Yes - we remembered the 300 chickens. Not as amusing was a couple operating a conservation stall who let their diesel Landcruiser run for an hour while they packed up. We inhaled the fumes for half an hour after they left.
Port Douglas was also lively this week and we appreciate the water truck doing its morning run. National and international customers still scared witless of unloading their 'dirty laundry' at our airports to accommodate baggage weight restrictions. Tourism is not just about bums on seats and in beds. Scared to buy because they fly.
It's been a busy September with 16 fires in the pottery - see our market calendar. This brings our firings to date to 1030. Today we show you how to build a rubbish bin Raku Kiln & next week a post on loading your kiln.
Ken Ison Pottery has four kilns; One electric and three gas. The raku kiln is only used a few times a year, while Sparky, Opal & Hercules are fired several times a month. On the calendar you will see the firing schedules.
SPARKY does the night shift
The newest kiln is sparky with over 150 fires to date. Sparky is a workhorse and is fired several times a month. The automatic controller ensures it is not necessary to ride shotgun as with the gas kilns. Sparky does all the bisque firing and low temperature glaze fires.
OPAL is quick fire.
This kiln with 300 plus fires is originally from Weipa and fires our popular Opal glaze. It is a two burner gas fired top loading kiln. Opal fires small loads and does the reduction firing for: Deep Sea, Eucalyptus & Opal.
HERCULES is jack of all trades
This 504 litre 22 c ft four burner gas kiln does the bulk of the oxidation fires. This kiln came from Vanuatu about 40 years ago and is still in excellent condition. Hercules fires our Avocado, White Iron, Pacific Green, Pacific Blue, Chocolate, Charcoal & Terracotta glazes.
All the kilns are well maintained, in excellent condition and will probably still be firing in another forty years.
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