First we assemble 7 to 8 lbs of glass. Making sure the pieces are small. (That's where the hammer is useful)
The inside of the pot after all the glass has melted out.
We often use left over pieces from different projects. If you look closely you will see a note....
We measure and place 7-8 lbs of glass into a red clay pot that has a hole in the bottom.
This is what the first firing will look like. There is glass still attached to the pot. Every pot melt requires 2 firings in order to ensure the glass is the correct thickness and size.
The pot is placed into the kiln onto rails to allow the glass to drip onto the shelf below. Did I mention we fired the kiln for 10 hours at a maximum of 1600 degrees Fahrenheit.
We often try to vary one aspect of our technique to see how we can make the spheres look different.
These two spheres were done with the same colors, same style of pot but we changed the height we fired the pots.
I try never to get attached to any outcome as I know I will not ever get the same thing again.
This kiln is just starting to get red hot.....
This is a fast peak at the kiln. It is not at its maximum temperature yet as we can still see the outline of the pots. Within the next 10 minutes the kiln will be so hot you would not be able to see anything.