Wood-Fire Finished! Kiln Opening & Pottery Sale April 20

A quick update to let everyone know about our kiln opening & pottery sale this Saturday, April 20, 11-3, come if you can! Experience the thrill of unloading warm pots straight outa the kiln! Meet the artists! Oggle and caress!

Oh. I’m tired.

Here are some random photos of the loading & firing of the past couple weeks. And the poster with all the deets about how & where to find us on Saturday. Here’s hoping the firing — about 48 hrs shorter than usual because we reached temperature (2400 F) throughout the kiln by Friday Β — was successful!. (Except for you, Contesters, let’s hope your pieces suck!)

[Photos via everyone but me.]

A variety of ovely wares waiting to be loaded.

A variety of lovely wares waiting to be loaded.

Kat glazing. The correct glaze chemistry is important for good results.

Kat glazing. Correct glaze chemistry is important for good results.

Needs salt.

Needs salt.

Fitting all 800 or so pieces is a feat of patience and sophisticated engineering. Or so I like to believe.

Fitting in all 800 or so pieces is a feat of patience and sophisticated engineering. Or so I like to believe.

How ever will we get everything in here, with larger pieces like this toward the front (fire) and more delicate glazed pieces toward the back?

How ever will we get everything in here, with larger pieces like this toward the front (fire) and more delicate glazed pieces toward the back?

These cones all melt at different temperatures and act as somewhat of a thermostat during the firing.

These cones all melt at different temperatures and act as somewhat of a pyrometer inside the kiln during firing.

Door to the front of the kiln where the fire box is.

Door at the front of the kiln where the fire box is located.

Oooo, fire.

Oooo, hot.

Mike and I feeding the beast from both sides with wood dropped through two side ports.

Mike and I feeding the beast from both sides with wood dropped through two side ports.

Becoming one with the earth and fire after six hours of this @ 2200 F.

Becoming one with dirt and fire after six hours of this @ 2200 F.

Collection of kiln goddesses guarding the door.

Collection of kiln goddesses guarding side door.

Isn't Jann a delicious evening stoker?

Jann tending side port.

Dinner time.

Dinner time.

Bye kiln.

Bye kiln.

fuse poster 2013

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16 thoughts on “Wood-Fire Finished! Kiln Opening & Pottery Sale April 20

    • Thanks Mike, I love it when people learn a little something they might not have known about this kind of firing. And welcome home! Can’t wait to catch up on my reading — you vs. Japanese toilet… imagine the fun!

  1. Laura, this looks so cool!! I wish I could fly to New Mexico and come to this event. The scenery, the art, all of it looks so inviting. I bet this will be an enormous success!

    • Hi Brigitte! How nice to see you here and yes, it would be awesome if you could just fly over for the opening πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, and yes, all fingers crossed for a successful firing!

    • Well, next time, I can Fed-Ex a little dirt, sweat and ash for you to sprinkle around while you’re reading to achieve a more sensory experience. Either that, or get your El Heinie out here one of these years to see for yourself! A new adventure for the man who’s jumped from many things….

    • I’ll tell Ben that you admire his jugs! (That sounds wrong, somehow…) I think he makes coffee mugs in a similar style. Can’t wait to post some pics of the work next week!

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