We are covering up all our pretty (hard) brickwork with ceramic fiber and soft (a.k.a. insulating) brick. Frankly, I'm not too sad to see it go after the past few months . . . the insulating phase means we're one step closer to burning out the forms and seeing the brickwork where we really want to see it- from the inside!!
At this point, it's official: the kiln will soon be more insulated than our 160-year old farmhouse. (Hmm, this seems to be a trend . . . our craft show booth is nicer than our house, our kitchen is full of seconds . . . I guess it's clear where most of our energy goes these days!)