Posts Tagged ‘wood fired stoneware’

Grateful Firing

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Thanksgiving Day 2013. I unloaded the kiln while the bird was roasting at home. Grateful day for sure.
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36 hours of cooling and the wood burner is ready to unload.

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Breaking away the door plaster.

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The first glimps bodes well.

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Doors unbricked and ready to go.

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Davey and Jonathan dropped by to help.

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Small jugs. $36 ea.

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Hot face tea bowls. $50 ea

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Round boxes with thistle slip. $75 ea.

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Yummy soup bowls. $40 ea.

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Small tea bowls. $25 ea.

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Bread Bakers. $180 ea.

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Motar and Pestel sets. $24 ea.

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The tea pots. $200 ea.

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The pies $60 ea.

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The jugs. $90-$120 ea.

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The whole mess.

Turkey Day pots.

Friday, November 26th, 2010

As usual I spent Thanksgiving Day working. I unloaded the kiln in the morning and got the pots all carried into the shop. After eating the bird with friends I returned to the scene of the crime and spent the rest of that day pricing pots and preparing the showroom for the sale Friday and Saturday. Here are few examples of what I got.
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Yunomi
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Three pairs of round boxes.
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Footed dishes with Avery slip.
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Small coffee mugs
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Jug
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Two sides of the same pitcher.
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Two 12 inch plates.
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Graduated canister sets
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Bread Pans
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Tea bowls with Avery slip.
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Two jugs

Firing with my muse.

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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The first time I fired my wood burner I had a little experience with other kilns and firing. I had participated in firing wood burning kilns in Crescent City CA, Flagstaff AZ, Salt Lake City UT, Witichita KS and Himeji City Japan. I had a couple of friends with me for that firing. We thought we had it dialed. After 20 hours at it I crawled off to catch some sleep leaving my two friends with instructions to keep the kiln slowly climbing in temperature. When I returned to the firing a few hours later I found, to my alarm, that the kiln had lose several hundred degrees temperature and we were fast running out of wood. About that time Lee came by to check on us and bring some breakfast. We were all brain dead and unable to come to any sense of how to deal with the situation. She sized things up and sent me scrambling to the sawmill seven miles away for more wood. The other two firemen went to bed and Lee took over stoking duties.
As I started driving back toward Spring City with my load of fuel I could see a column of smoke of biblical proportions rising above Spring City across the valley. When I pulled into the kiln yard Lee set me to butchering wood and she continued firing. The kiln had regained the lost temperature and continued to sail forward under her care. The firing was finished by early afternoon and I went back to bed. To that point Lee had never fired a wood burning kiln. She just had a natural intuitive sense of how it should be done. I have heard that in Korea women are not allowed near the kiln during the early stages of the firing. Their energy is too hot and a steep temperature rise early in the firing can be disastrous. Later when that danger is past the women come in and help get the fire over the hump to completion. I am a believer.
Now when I fire I start the kiln early in the morning and sit with it through the critical stage. Lee comes at mid day and spells me so I can grab a sandwich and a nap. I never worry about whether the kiln is in good hands. She is the only one I totally trust to care for the fire for me.

Fire Tending and Story Telling.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Here are scans of the piece of mine published in The Log Book.

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