It's now Saturday morning. The kiln has been left overnight with just a little bit of heat to help the pots and the glazes dry out completely. Literally at the crack of dawn (6:00 AM), Susan starts to slowly feed wood into the small openings (mouse holes) in the front of the main firebox.
We will work in teams throughout the day. Each team consists of four people, two at the front holes (twig stoking) and two stoking through larger holes in the side of the main firebox and the kiln chambers (bigger pieces of wood here). The shifts are two hours long and each team has two shifts. The ash from the burning wood will circulate through both chambers and adhere to the glaze on the pots giving subtle effects…we hope. We also added salt to the upper chamber at the very end of the firing for a different surface effect.