Posts Tagged ‘Wood Firing’

Cooling off

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Photo Credit:Jason Olson, Deseret News
I fired the wood burner yesterday. I have been catching up on some things today and getting the shop ready for the studio tour on Saturday. One aggravation has been the fact that the Deseret News of Salt Lake City printed a couple of stories in Tuesday’s edition about our artist’s studio tour and plein air painting competition. They were very nice pieces except for the fact that they got the dates wrong. They printed that the studio tour was September 9-12. It is only on Saturday. Both yesterday and today a lot of people (80+ each day) have been wandering around town asking where the tickets and guide books for the tour can be purchased. I had to put a sign up at my studio asking people to please not come back to the kiln because I lose concentration and miss my stoking rhythm. For the most part these are people who won’t be coming back Saturday and probably went away a little ticked off. You never want people going away from your event less that very satisfied. It is bad business.
Here are some photos and such that I have not had time to post during the past few days because of hectic kiln packing and firing.
Small and large jugs.
Jug handle detail.
A 12 lb vase thrown in two pieces. After it was joined and had set up a little I put handles on the sides.
Here are the bisqued and glazed pots packed in the kiln and ready to fire. I mostly glaze my surfaces. I leave a little naked clay for the fire to write on but not too much. I finished packing and bricking up the kiln later that I would care to admit.

Firing and selling pots.

Monday, May 26th, 2008

I always return from the river a bit exhausted and in need of some time to decompress. What? you say, I thought river running was relaxing and renewing. It is…for the passengers. Guides are on 24/7. Rowing on the water is the time when I unwind. The rigging, de-rigging, cooking, hike leading, interpretive talks and generally being “on” for people is what sucks all the energy out of a person. Usually I just collect myself for the first several days after returning from a river trip. This time I had to fall right into my pottery work. I fired my kiln twice in succession after returning. I unloaded the second firing Friday night and held an open studio sale the next day. Yesterday (Sunday) was the first slack time I have had in a over month. It is a bit like the eye of a storm as I have to get right into finishing our move to the new place and packing for the next river trip. Thank Heaven I only play for a living.
Fresh pots cooling in the opened kiln.
Zina came down from Provo with a friend to help me with the sale.
Little bottles.
A 40 lb bowl with a 30 lb bowl.
I have not tried these before. I had two of them in this firing. They are made with an eight lb cylinder shaped wih a bottom added and a lid formed for it. A lot of time spent on these. They may not be practical but are fun.
Sweet little mugs.
More of the same.
30 lb platters.
Tea bowls.
More tea bowls. These are the most fun to make.
Slab built platters.
Small jugs.
4 lb vases.
8 lb vases.
Just in time for summer come the lemonade tumblers.
6 lb jug.
A begging bowl.
Saturday was good. Thanks to all of you who came out and supported us. It makes things a lot better when the bills are paid. Come by anytime. There is lots of inventory right now.