February 2013 Wood fire

Last weekend Becky Brandow from Willow Avenue Pottery joined me for a wintery wood fire.  Yesterday, I unloaded the kiln and spent a little time taking photos. 

Every firing has it’s good and bad outcomes – here are some of my favorites pieces. 

A couple slip decorated bowls glazed with amber celadon.

Snowflake impressed tile with turquoise glass


Random other things

And my favorite Becky item… you’ll have to watch her blog 
for more of her work from this firing.
As I mentioned, not everything turns out as you’d hoped and I’ll discuss those in my next post after I’ve had a little time to explore the hows and whys of my disappointment in them as well as what can be learned and improved.  
Have a great week.

Good Morning

The Upper Midwest woke up this morning to a beautiful covering of snow. It’s a little late here in Minnesota for our first snow, but we’ve had some unseasonable warm weather in it’s stead and I’m all for that too. But a snowy, dark day is an excellent day to spend in the studio.

I started the morning by unloading a glaze load from the kiln. This load included several bowls, wine bottle coasters, butter keepers and a couple mugs for a custom order. Since I’ll be spending a week in Rome with my kids, I’m trying to get some things done for my sale (The Goldsmith Reunion Fine Art Festival in Mankato) in December.

Also on the agenda for today is throwing more wine bottle coasters, mugs and miscellaneous pieces, mixing a small batch of Nuka and Amber Celadon, and mixing up the clay for wadding for a yet unscheduled woodfiring. Closer to the firing, I’ll mix in the organic matter, but for now I’ll just mix up the clays so that part will be ready. That’s just one more thing checked off my list of things to do before firing. The pots are made, my old glazes have been checked and tested, new glazes made, wadding for shelves and pots will get done today – one step at a time.

Have a great weekend.