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.

Pots from March Firing

If you don’t already know this about me, I’m always a little behind.   I figure if I get a post up about a firing sometime before I have the next firing, I’m good.  Posting the same week I unload would probably be getting it done early don’t ya think?  

So here are some of my favorites we unloaded last Friday.  
 Bottle fired on it’s side on the bagwall

 New glaze on a tumbler – it’s Turquoise Matte Blue

 Amber Celadon square plate with a stamped imprint

 Fluted bowl – a sort of rough first attempt

 This rectangle tray was fired with three small salt shakers on it creating the shadows.

And every firing has to have a few pendants.  The oribe are my favorites and the one dark one is a little used glaze her Persimmon.  I’ll have to use that one more.

Overall the firing was a little vanilla for me.  Since the last firing had a pretty strong reduction, I didn’t reduce as heavily this time and went a little to far the other way and didn’t reduce enough.  Lots of pots glazed with shino but no shino magic in this firing.  Some will get refired in the next firing and we’ll see how they handle it.  

Be well everybody.


In the first firing of my kiln in April, I had a few oblong vases I’d made that needed a little bead or pendant as a decoration. I decided to make a few pendants to go in the second firing to use for this purpose. On a whole they turned out very nice. Since I only need three for the oblong vases, I think I’ll make a couple necklaces out of the others. This one is my favorite – I like the speckled look.

They make great fillers in the kiln so I’m thinking I may make several more and some buttons for my next firing. The ones above are just bare B-Clay, but I think a nice Oribe would look great too.