|The Beast - before burners and gas pipework|
It’s a four burner, sprung arch, trolley kiln of about 27 cubic feet total internal capacity. I think the biggest challenge was financing it, but the beast is quietly roaring outside as I type this and it’s turning out to be brilliant and a huge boost to my work – room for heaps of production and space enough for large sculpture. Every home should have one!
Well, I’ve just turned the beast off. It reminds me why we, as ceramic type people, focus so much on technique. It’s because its so damn hard. The kiln I’ve just switched off is at least two cones different top to bottom with a questionable reduction of all pots within it and I’m left wondering once more why do I keep doing this? “How” is the question we have to answer first because a failure in this area means nothing to show at all. “Why” still needs to be an important question, but if the only thing that comes of a kiln is land-fill, maybe the “why” should “why do I bother?”.