This morning I loaded my sculptures into the kiln for their last firing. I was fortunate enough to be able to fire the works in an electric kiln instead of the gas kiln as mentioned in a previous blog. The firing cycle I use for this final firing takes about 60 hours to complete, and then another 12 hours or so to cool to room temperature. The works get fired to 2000 degrees, and will be around 10% smaller than their original size due to shrinkage.
Once I pull them out of the kiln I can then start making the wood shadow stands they will be displayed on. The process of making these stands is certainly time consuming, but I hope to finish and photograph about 10 pieces for our Virtual Exhibition. CRUNCH TIME!
Stay safe out there!