Last week my kiln ran away…. Yup, that’s not a typo, it ran away.
A runaway kiln is when there is a kiln failure that allows the circuit to stay open and therefore provide power to the heating elements. This causes the kiln to significantly overfire, which destroys the contents of the kiln, damages the kiln, and potentially can start a studio fire. Bad, all bad.
This kiln failure was particularly frustrating because I had a load of brand new prototypes inside the kiln. All of my experimentation and testing was melted into a messy crater of tears. The floor of the kiln is honeycombed with crystalized glass bits, jeopardizing the functionality of the kiln.
But, this is not a post of negativity… It’s a post of hope!
After a weekend of creative fix-it-ness (yes, that is a word in my world), I have a functional kiln again. Plus, I have caught up and am back to the point in my experiments and prototypes that I was at before the kiln decided to runaway. Baring any further setbacks, I should have new beads to show off by tomorrow!
Plus, the mess of scorched glass on the floor of the kiln looks really neat. Like a glassy geode. This inspires me in all new directions, and now I have to figure out how to recreate this effect without incurring damage to the kiln.
In the meantime, learn from my mistake kiddos! This is what happens to the floor of a kiln if the kiln goes on runaway and there is glass inside.