Fully loaded kiln, ready to go...
The day this was to be fired, I arrived at campus early that Saturday Aug 5, turned the kiln on and left to let it slowly heat. Up during the course of the day.
Late afternoon when I returned, expecting to see it at 600-700 degrees, it was off and floating around 150 degrees. I did not understand the problem when one of the local potters, Michael stopped in to tell me that the school was conducting a power study with their elaborate solar sytem, and the power would be OFF all day. They turned it off about a half hour after I had left that morning!
It ultimately made firing the piece safer, as the art was thoroughly dried out from the