I've finally done a couple of test firings of the kiln, after sitting looking at it for many moons.
From now on, anyone accustomed to getting Christmas/birthday presents from me will be getting a bit of glass instead.
These are a few test pieces made out of left over shards and splinters.
Although 'Er-Over-The-Road, whose work is also depicted, keeps reminding me that they are not 'bits of glass', they are 'individually designed, handmade pieces of art'. So now you know.