We got the back wall up today, lot of brick cutting. The top part of the arch is a homemade castable and there are some soft brick in the arch that have been completely immersed in a homemade refractory coating...the kiln also is set up to potentially fire with a drip-feed waste oil system. We're experimenting with all kinds of crap on this kiln.
I was cutting hard bricks on our ghetto chop saw and the blade shattered and the shrapnel cut one of my fingers to the bone and a large piece flew very near to a students head. Yikes! Looks like I won't be making pots for a few days. It doesn't stop me from kiln building though. Thank goodness I have a "real" job, right?
I have some neat little lidded pieces that I'm fond of and I'll try to get a post up later.