Once the molten bronze is out of the furnace and the crew is putting it on the ring shank, the ceramic shell molds are taken out of the kiln and positioned in the sand pit.
The 'diver' (that's me) suiting up. The job of the diver is to reach into the kiln and romove the ceramic shell molds. The molds are at 1100°F.
I've removed the mold from the kiln and am handing it to the catcher. The catcher will carry it to the sand pit. You can't see it in this picture but the mold is glowing red hot .
The handoff. The diver goes back to the kiln to get another mold out while the catcher carries the mold to the sand pit.
The catcher is carrying the hot mold to the sand pit.
Here she places the mold in the sand pit. The 'shovel man' will position the mold correctly, making sure it is stable. While the mold is being positioned, the catcher goes back to get another mold from the diver.