Friday, February 20, 2009
I AM a crabby clam, or I was for awhile
ME being a crabby clam yesterday morning. As I said, the kiln broke down 200 degrees short of finishing on Weds. eve. and it is terribly upsetting. It breaks down a few times a year, darnit. I won't say I hate my kiln, but it is tempermental.
So as you see below I tear the thing apart, wires everywhere and run a test and find that what I repaired in October is FINE, the upper heating elements, but now the lower are kaput. The elements and wires look OK, but I am betting the relay is blown. So I call the suppliers and order a relay, plus a spare (I try to have spare parts on hand to avoid delays like this).
Later in the day I am at the Cornell studios talking to the director and the kiln there had blown a relay AND a fuse the day before. Andy orders spare relays by THE DOZEN. That kiln is a lot more tempermental than mine, which is perversely reassuring.
BUT anyway, the fun part was that 16-20 pieces of mine had been fired at Cornell and look gorgeous and I will start posting pics of them later.
And speaking of later, Ben comes over later to mess around with clay and drink bourbon. There will be pictures I am sure.
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 6:31 AM