Monday, January 24, 2011

head to Baltimore to make heads (?)

His guy came out of the Wood Sofa a few weeks ago, finally got him cleaned up and did his head shot. The stars were a low fire glaze (04) - gold: firing in a gas environment created an amazing bronze finish.

I'm headed to Baltimore to take Debra Fritt's Workshop Head Talk at Baltimore Clay Works, super excited!

Also working on a production of RINALDO at OPERA VIVENTE. I will miss all the folks at Pottery West.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Reasons I love WOOD FIRE

Here are some pieces I am loving from the wood soda fire at POTTERY WEST on January 8, 2011

Laguana's Kia Porcelain with Matt Long's Red Flashing Slip, and Old Time Jack Blue Flashing

Aardvark's Black Mountain Cone 10 Clay:
Blue Chun Liner and Elaine Best Celadon (bottom mug)
Light Dusting of Matt Long's Red Flashing Slip
Heavy spray of Andrew Wong's Luster

I will post the rest of the pieces on my website: in the next day or so.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Thanks to Kelly for photoing the Kiln opening.

All in all good results. In retrospect I think we should have soaked for about another hour or so.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wood Soda Firing at POTTERY WEST

Had the opportunity to fire the amazing WOOD SODA KILN at Pottery West in Las Vegas.

The (aprx) 45 cubic foot kiln always performs well. John Gregg and I had about 125 pieces between us, and there were a number of pieces from artists and students from the Pottery West. There was a combination of green and bisque pieces.

From 7pm till 12am we used a propane weed burner to candling to 200.

Our friend and fellow artist Derek over saw Midnight to 5am shift taking the kiln to 5oo degrees; sadly at 5am I had a face jug blow up. Quick thinking on John's part, he opened the door and pulled the shrapnel as it was resting on some student work. His description of the event reminded me of his fearless raku technique.

At 6am I came in; with John, our friends and students of PW. It was great to see Gigi Marquart who is the president of the Nevada Clay Guild and Linda Whitehair a great ceramics teacher and artist.

When the kiln was at cone 9 down we added our soda with a combination of burritos and spray:

Burrito recipe:

1.25lb Soda Ash
1.25lb Baking Soda
3lb of wood chip

Allow to soak 3 days

Take Burrito filling wrap in Newspaper.
Insert using steel angle iron into the kiln

We also sprayed 1 gallon Baking Soda/Soda Ash solution into kiln via high a high port.
1lb Soda ash (in boiling water)
1lb Baking Soda

We ended the firing at 9pm. When we closed the kiln we did a final stir of the ash bed and filled the bury box. In total we burnt about 2 1/2 cords of wood.

Kiln opening on 1/12/2011 at 3pm!`

Thank you to Amy Kline for allowing us to use the kiln and her vast knowledge.

Sorry video is in the wrong direction