My students and I prepared for the worst. But look at the faces of Sara (left) and Monique (right). It wasn’t all bad. No cones down, Oxyprobe reading said that we were only at about cone 3 and, of course, no real view into that wood kiln when we ran out of wood. We were disappointed but at every turn, there was something to be learned. Today, as a few of us unloaded the kiln, there was confirmation that the shelves were too close to the back wall. Next time, they will be 10 cm away! But, of course, we need wood. Manitoba surely isn’t known for its abundant forests. Too bad. Several are searching to try and help us. So, what we need are logs, no bigger in diameter than 15 cm but at least 1 metre long or able to be cut to 1 metre. And they need to be dry. But…for the disappointment, there was also some joy. Some of the pieces did get some lovely ash and some of the glazes did mature. Have a look!
I went to the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1990 and received my PhD from the University of Leicester in 1993. After three decades of university teaching, I retired to devote my time to the study of raptor behaviour. I am particularly interested in Ospreys and am working on a long term project on third hatch survival and siblicide in these raptors. My blog is a result of a fascination with my local wildlife and the desire to encourage others to love and care for birds! I live on the Canadian Prairies and prior to the pandemic travelled a lot. I am questioning the use of aviation fuel at the moment as we all strive to help our planet. My early research was in politics and art including British public statues exported to Southeast Asia and Vietnam Resistors that contributed much to Canadian ceramics. Books and articles were published on those subjects over a period of 3 decades. Now I am working on books for children so they can learn about the challenges our raptors face.
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