February 28, 2011
Loading the wood kiln went well, I'm always amazed at how many pots fit in this kiln. I enjoy the loading part so much, the hopeful excitement and anticipation of a firing is lingering, as well as the curiosity of new ideas on the pots. I also enjoy the careful thought that goes into where each pot must be loaded to maximize it's potential for fire and soda in each spot. Below is a view from lifting up the stoking door, taking you into the side part of the kiln looking at the loaded pots-to-be.
The firing went smoothly, and we unloaded yesterday and I'm still soaking in the results. Overall, it was a good firing; I have a lot of nice surfaces and new pots with shiny hot glazes in the new carving patterns. The pots on the top shelf weren't quite hot enough, yet again, which is hard to take since that's always where my most complicated pots go, like my teapots. This kiln proves to be difficult in getting the top shelves hot. We waited longer to get it to catch up, so that means on the floor fireface side, I had some drippy, extremely hot pots that were loved on by the wood flame, ash and soda. So I'm already thinking down the line to the next firing about what I'm going to do to help get the teapots on the top better.
Potters always say that sometimes it just takes one pot in a whole kiln load to make it great. I had several winners in the bowl, plates, mugs and cup areas. There were some cups (remember those ones with the waist details?) that turned out pretty awesome....more to share will come soon. First things first...shoot some photos and then send off a nice selection of these to an upcoming NCECA show I'm in.