No, I didn't win the MegaMillions Jackpot (darn!.........) But if I had, I would certainly request next day Air shipping on this beauty! Anyway, I digress. Today, fellow art educators/potters, I fired up my kiln for the first time in 10 years! And, it worked!!! Due to space issues, I haven't been able to use the kiln for quite some time because my principal decided that the kiln room at the back of my previous art room would be a great place to house the Primary grades Literacy Library. Yeah, you read that right, and they get paid the big bucks? So anyway, in my new art room (see posts from Aug/Sept 2011) I have a cool kiln room and I fired my first load today(that sounds salacious, right?) of 5th grade Picasso faces. I turned it on low, with the lid slightly vented open for the first 45 minutes to an hour. I let it soak on low for 2hours, kicked it up to medium until I hit 1,000 degrees and moved it to high. I was afraid to leave until it automatically shut down when it reached 1,915 degrees, which the manual told me would be the end of the firing. I stayed until 7:30 and it still hadn't reached the end so I made the night custodian promise to shut it down if it was still going when he gets ready to leave at 10:30 tonight. It would be just like me to burn the school down after a $6 million remodel.........I am just amazed that the old gal still works after all of the moving, storage, moving, jostling, repositioning etc. I can't wait to open it up tomorrow and see if everything came out okay. I also can't believe that firing a kiln is kinda like riding a bike. I haven't done it in many years and yet it all came back to me like muscle memory (brain muscle!LOL) I will post photo's after the glaze fire. Wish me luck!