Matt and I spent the last couple of days working out how to construct the oil drum bottle kiln.
It's essentially an oil drum, lined with ceramic fibre, which is then placed on top of a simple firebox, built from firebrick, with two horizontally opposed fireboxes.
The pots will be contained within a stack of saggars, which were formerly the property of and made by the deft hand of the late, great, Michael Cardew - I'm not entirely sure he'd approve.
Whether it will work or not remains to be seen when we give it its solo firing at the Cotswolds Slipware Workshop at Taena next weekend.
As you can see, health and safety procedures were strictly adhered too......
...and in the event of a lack of goggles, we skillfully constructed some from packaging saved from a packet of paintbrushes.
Our new recycle-friendly 'greengogs' not only protect ones eyes, but enable the user to smoke whilst operating machinery due to the strategically placed hole in their fabric. This makes these not simply a great item for puffing whilst angle grinding, but also a fantastic gift for the inexperienced or first time smoker, preventing cigarette emissions from entering the users eyes. Health and safety first folks.