Pass the shovel
It started snowing here on New Years Eve. Prior to that there had hardly been much in the way of precipitation, even Christmas was scantily white. But 2020, so far, has been memorable with record snowfalls. Our local ski hill has recorded 283 cm since January 1st (that's over 9 feet).
Any guesses where we have been spending many of our days????
Alongside being committed to winter recreation, there are added chores to do dealing with this much snow. We've learned in years past that our chimneys don't always stand the test of snow/ice building up around them. After losing Lily's chimney to mother nature a couple years in a row awhile back, we now make sure to shovel the rooftop of that kiln shed.
On the larger kiln shed structure we made sure to build crickets that divert the water around the high side of the chimneys. However the snow load has been so large, we've been watching it pretty closely.
After a full semester of teaching at KSA this past fall, the studio beckons and Robin manages to find time to make pots. The ware racks are filling up and firing dates for both wood and soda are underway. Before we know it, the marshmallow landscape will recede and it will be firing season.
Until then, pass the shovel!
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Kiln logs are often the most under-appreciated studio tool, and yet one of the most essentials when it comes to keeping track of what has been done in the past.