The Firing Results

My apologies for the delay in getting the results of the last wood firing to you. It’s been chaos at this end. Doug has gone back south to Devon for a couple of weeks and all being well will be back here in time to help me out at Spring Fling on the 24th, 25th and 26th May.

We did get lots of great pots out of the firing, we over fired a bit, we knew we had, and I was surprised to see how well the clays stood up to the heat, and that the glazes, though in some parts much darker than they should have been and much runnier, were not unattractive for it.

I had lots of these dishes at the top of the kiln. They were completely unprotected from anything and got utterly hammered and as a result are I think my favourite things from the firing. When we packed the kiln I put them up the top there pretty much as disposible pieces as I wasn’t sure about them, oh how I have changed my mind now.

The battery on the camera ran out before I got a proper snap of every pot so there are a lot here that I still need to get photographs of. One of these days I might get around to buying some lights to help with that whole shenanigans.

I have lots of tasty new mugs. A bunch of them have just been sent over the seas to Japan for an exhibition of mugs there in Tokyo.

This applique jug above is of course one of Doug’s, a lot of his pots were lost in the firing sadly. He made most of them at his place in Devon where his black slip is mixed with Fremington clay. My black slip here is mixed with one of Valentines clays and is an Etruria Marl blend. We have always known that the Fremington melts at a very low temperature which makes for a really juicy black slip. However when you fire it hot and it is trapped under a layer of white Hyplas slip we have now discovered that it creates some amazingly awful bloating. We are assuming that the gases released on it’s melting are just being trapped under the none melted white sip and freaky pots they do make. It was a crying shame as they would have been really delicious pieces. You can see some of them in the film below.

These small dishes with the black slip, also made in Devon survived well because it was just the black slip on it’s own, no further layer over the top.

They have worked well, simple and straightforward pieces but the heat and the flame have really worked their wonders.

So there you have it. Lots of new pots and yet I am suddenly finding myself in one heck of a panic this afternoon as I realise that we are well into May, Spring Fling is around the corner, after that I am demonstrating at The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey, then Earth and Fire at Rufford and, and, and…..

So I need to get back into the making swing again. We have two more firings planned before Earth and Fire so plenty to be done and I have a few more things I would like to squeeze through before Spring Fling, oh and quite a few orders to be getting on with. So, no rest for the potters, a good thing I think.

I hope you enjoy the film. Those two large square dishes are something else but they need to be seen in the flesh I think, no photography of any kind could explain to you what they are like!

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4 Responses to The Firing Results

  1. Dennis Allen says:

    Some of these are soooo nice! If you had to sacrifice some of Doug’s stuff,well, it may have been worth it.

  2. Lori Buff says:

    I think they look great. You should be very happy with them.

  3. gz says:

    A good firing and plenty of learning too!
    I should think that Fremington has a higher vegetable matter content as well as higher iron?

  4. Sandy says:

    Hard to watch Doug unload those pots but I want to thank you for sharing as we all learn from the delights and the disasters. Some of the glazes look look absolutely luscious!

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