I got home from work today and went straight out to the garage to see if the kiln gods were smiling on me last night. They were! I didn't lose a single piece, and they all turned out great. It felt like Christmas morning ;) I was surprised that the kiln was still warm enough that I needed gloves to pull out the pots... even after cooling for almost 16 hours.
As for the pictures I added below?... they are stunning, aren't they. I especially like how the pasty white flash brings out the rich colors of the fired clay and underglazes. (ha) I'll try to take some better pictures once everything has gone through the glaze firing.
At around 11:15 last night I went out to check on the progress of the firing (for about the 20th time) and I noticed that the kiln sitter was edging very close to release, so I stuck around to see if I could watch the trigger fall. It finally did at 11:28pm. I turned all the knobs to the off position, flipped off the main power switch on the breaker panel and unplugged it from the wall... and said goodnight.