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  1. So I just got back from firing the soda and the salt kiln at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta. People ask sometimes about using soft brick for atmospheric kilns like this, and we all say “no, that’s not really a good idea, because the sodium eats soft brick.” The doors on the soda and salt kilns at this residency are constructed in a way that a lone potter probably wouldn’t ever do, but these guys had access to one heck of a welder. The metal used for the frames and the sliding doors will be around after the zombie apocalypse, and weighs a ton. Probably literally. So using a more sodiu
  2. From the album: Medicine Hat Soda Kiln

    This kiln had two forced air burners.
  3. From the album: Medicine Hat Soda Kiln

    Putting soda tacos into the side ports. We added quite a bit of the soda-ash-light,baking soda and calcite mix to this firing. Did i mention that it was -20 C out here yesterday, plus windchill? Not as cozy as my kiln at home but then again my kiln is not a soda kiln and Medalta is more than worth the drive and discomfort of January!
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