All Fired Up

A busy weekend of firing resulted in a good selection of bisque-fired mugs ready for glazing and a raku firing session yielding some very nice raku bottles with unique and distinctive patterns.  The kiln gods were kind.

Drying Rack

Bisque-Fired Pottery Drying

The dining table is covered with drying bisqueware pottery that’s been treated with red iron oxide stain prior to glazing.

A drying rack (the dining table) is covered with bisqueware pieces that have been previously thrown, church-keyed, bisque-fired, and treated with red iron oxide stain to accentuate the patterns.  Next step is masking with liquid latex, glazing, and finally glaze firing.

Resuming Raku

It’s been about 2 years since the last raku session so this was overdue. Perfect weather, recent retirement, and renewed enthusiasm conspired to make a firing all but inevitable. Results were encouraging and, as always, new things were learned about this tricky and unpredictable technique. Thank you kiln gods!

Inaugural Glaze Firing

We completed our first glaze firing since a little over two years ago and it’s also the first glaze firing in our Newfield home. New church-key patterns were tried out and old glazes stirred up. Results were encouraging on some fronts and there are opportunities, as always, for tweaking the art and the process.