I spent this past weekend at a local art studio for a wood firing. I just got back into ceramics last year after an especially long hiatus. Back when I made pots and such kind of regular, I never had the opportunity to participate in this kind of firing. It is tremendously labor intensive, but the results are fantastic.
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the loading (forgot my camera) but I was able to get in some clicks on the second day before things got real busy. On day two I got there around seven in the morning and by noon we had a crew of about ten or twelve.
The fires were started around 6:30 in the morning and they reached cone ten around 5:00. The gentleman in charge of the firing said that when we reached cone ten, the flame from the fire would be around 60 feet in length and it would snake all through the pots before it sparked out of the chimney.
The pots will be cool enough to unload in about three days. If all went well I'll be sure to share some shots.