My turn to watch in the morning. Taking over at just below 400 degrees, my heart beat paced up as very first firing of any kiln is always an exciting moment no matter how many times you have experienced, with your mind full of high expectation for a brand new creation. On the other hand you have to fight against the anxiety like meeting someone new with unknown personality. This is the time to focus your attention to study the character from all angles. The flue function is satisfactory so far but concern remains as the temperature rises further with more fuel being fed. The concern is that I have no experience with a kiln so full of potteries and creative arts with unknown characteristics of kiln. I can only hope that the power of legendary kiln structure passed over from the medieval period will sustain. If so, my hypothesis on the centuries old kiln technique was superior to contemporary ones.
All of a sudden a dark cloud overhead brought gales and thunders. Literally the rain fell cats and dogs. Flood water came right by the mouth for the fire. Somehow we could maintain the fire by scraping out wet cinders.
At 9 p.m. Sydney took over, when the temperature was as high as 600 degrees and all is well. Since her only experience was the empty baking, I remained on site with her till one o’clock coaching this and that. I noted that she was quick to learn at empty baking and her kiln skill is already at a high level. I was fast asleep with Tadashi but at 3.45 a.m. someone knocked on the door to wake me up. It was Sydney who reported that the temperature might have risen too much. I checked it myself and concluded that it was within limit. I told her to keep fighting. She appeared to be relieved.
In the morning the temperature was at the planned level and I congratulated Sydney for a job done well.