The pagoda is fired. And it is nice! Whew.
The kiln was about as full as I can get it--but I have not much to show. That's OK since I am happy with the way the pagoda came out. There is a small pagoda, also, but it is not as nice--I may refire it, not much color. Funny because the small one gave me all kinds of trouble from start to finish. Had that been the experience with the original I'm sure I'd have thrown in the towel long ago.
It is just the top section of the taller one--the bottom section collapsed while drying. The top part was still intact so I just went ahead with it!
I've made some dogwood flower drawer pulls for my bathroom. Hope I can figure how to attach them to the drawers! (I want them for the kitchen, but I have to go slowly there!)
Otherwise, the kiln was full of tests: testing 3 different 'clear' glazes--not all clear glazes are clear! And a new slip with various colorants--under the new clear glazes--not all clear glazes are clear. And 3 variations on a new black glaze. So lots to study now.
BTW, the firing was much more even top to bottom. It did over-fire a bit--but only one of the clear glazes screamed about that (by way of lots of pin holes).
All in all a good firing.
Oh, and one more thing. I also made a small batch of John Britt's new glaze, Gnu Blue (http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/). It is nice--almost a satin glaze, nice feel and great variation. It does not look much like his--but that is the way of pottery, right?