Smoking Pot!


One brief Linford Christie impression later Trevor was less than overjoyed to find that while he had been distracted the kiln temperature status had gone from an optimal 1200 degrees centigrade to 'Warning - Impending Supernova'!

And the real bugger of it was that there was no way of dropping the temperature rapidly without causing serious problems and there was going to be no way of knowing until the kiln opening the following Monday whether the kiln had been over-fired and a month's worth of work had just gone down the pan.

But fret ye not! Despite accusations, both numerous and accurate, of Vile Jelly's cruel and evil disposition we won't keep you in suspenders for three days. By travelling at the speed of hedgehogs the Reporting Team have been able to smuggle back these pictures from the future.

Fired Pots in the kiln at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

Trev's treasure trove revealed.

Fired Pots in the kiln at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

Note colouration now.

Fired Pots in the kiln at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 3

Fired Pots in the kiln at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 4

Sadly, like its predecessors, the stegosaurus failed to survive a sudden change in climate!

More of that later but first we'll warp back to late Friday afternoon when it's time to turn the kiln off:-

A potter's lot is not a happy one ...

Anyone who thought that Trevor's work just consisted of belting out a few pots and then retiring to the nearest gallery opening for champagne and oysters should have seen him running around like a blue-arsed fly when the firing period was done:-

Trevor Corser wrestles with the kiln at the Leach pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1 Shutting down the air supply ...
Trevor Corser wrestles with the kiln at the Leach pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

... and bricking up the airholes. (The kiln has to cool slowly, i.e. over 2/3 days. A sudden drop in temperature could result in more cracked pots than a lunatic convention!).

Trevor Corser wrestles with the kiln at the Leach pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 3

Right at the end of his 14 hour struggle with the kiln, demented visitors and, of course, Vile Jelly, everyone else came back and offered to help now that all the work was done.

Trevor Corser wrestles with the kiln at the Leach pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 4  

Trevor wept (we presume with gratitude)!

 

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