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.


I’ve had about 50 pounds of Continental Clay’s Buff Stoneware around for about a year and today I finally got around to making many 5# bowls with it.  Since it fires a toasty, dark brown in the wood kiln, I used white slip on the insides with some designs in the slip.  

I’m thinking these will look great with the contrasting white slip and dark clay body under a nice transparent celadon.  That’s my plan anyway.  We’ll know if a few weeks if t works that way.  

Have a great week.


had some studio time today.  It felt great to get back in the swing of it and get some dirt under my nails.  My clay is really wet and I ended up cutting and weighing out all the clay I’d need for the day and letting it sit out to dry while going to visit my Mom.  After a couple hours (about as long as I can take due to her dementia) I came home to clay that was just about the right consistency for throwing.  After making several medium size bowl shapes, I made a large platter.  

While using a rib to lay down the rim, the rib started to chatter and created this awesome texture on the rim.  Not exactly something I was going for, but I think it will look really interesting when the piece is glazed. 

Have a Merry Christmas everybody!!