This firing was relatively even in temp. A range of Cone 5 starting to bend to Cone 6 almost done. So, so, so much better than before.
But what I saw when I looked into the kiln while it was hot - the hard, fast flame going up from the bag wall, then further down the kiln the soft, licking flame only going in one spot - that's absolutely evident in the look of the pots.
Here's what I saw (not really to scale):
The bag wall is the same height as the second shelf - but the flame just snuck under it. You might be able to see it from this photo:
All the shelves (B,C,D,F) but one (A) turned out white pots with hints of soda and light hints of flashing. Like this:
I had some pots in there with Malcolm's shino, and every one of them came out stark white.
But the one shelf, A, that the flame touched, was dark, dark, and full of soda, colour.
The two larger mugs had nothing on them; the smaller, redder things had a slip.
The cones on this shelf were grey instead of white. I can't find a reference but am guessing this has to do with amount of reduction?
I like dark. I love the dark. Am looking forward to learning, playing, tweaking more, in an effort to get all dark.