Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sneak Peek

We fired our Manabigama wood kiln Tuesday, and it was a great firing with cloudy, slightly windy weather and a full moon. I glazed quite a few pieces with a salt shino, and from the first peek into the kiln, everything looks great. The firing took 13 1/2 hours.

We'll unload tomorrow afternoon, and then we'll be packing up for a show in Winston Salem - Pottery Fair on the Square - on the grounds of Old Salem. Nearly 30 potters are exhibiting in Old Salem Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Click on the link for a list of the potters.

I'll try to get some pictures up tomorrow. I'm more excited than usual to get this firing unloaded as I've got quite a few larger soul pots and bowls and a lot of shino glazed pots. Shino glazes are extremely sensitive to the atmospheric conditions in a wood kiln.

Bottom of front stack. The tree casserole got some nice
ash. Mugs on right are shino glazed. Mug on left is my
mustard brown glaze using local clay and gerstley borate.

Shino glazed soul pot and mugs on the next shelf up
and a large serving bowl with tree motif above that.

Pyrometric cones inside the kiln bend to indicate the
temperature inside the kiln. This picture was taken through
a passive damper at the back of the kiln close to the end of
the firing, when temperatures are well above 2,000 degrees F.

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