Friday, 8 February 2008

Pots from my last firing

This is a selection to come out of the last firing in Jan 08. The kiln fired to around 1060 with a 20 minute soak, but I think i'll take the next one to around 1080.


Ron said...

Paul, These look nice. I especially like the bowl with the hills and trees on the rim. Ron

doug fitch said...

Hey Paul
Looking good, you must be pleased. I think if you drop the fuel back a little at the end for a while to allow a bit of re- oxidation, you'll get rid of that bubbling. That said, I like that effect, it reminds me of old Cardew Winchcombe pots. I'm sure you know all this, lead boils when it's reduced, but reduction also gives it some of the lovely tones that first dish has in its centre, so it's a balancing act. Maybe slow down the last bit of the firing. Great to see you on the blogging circuit and good to see some fine pots.

paul jessop said...

Thanks Guys, thats very encouraging. I read something in Michael Cardew's book Pioneer Pottery this week, he said " it has often been remarked that some potters are by
temperament "Clay Men" and others "Kiln Men". To the latter, a continuous devotion to the kiln and fires is easy and natural at all times. Clay men on the other hand, bound to the grosser elements, earth and water, must when the fire is once alight take a concious vow, at least for the duration of the firing, not to allow anything to distract or divert them from the kiln and it's demands. There is nothing static about fire. Flames and flame temperatures are moving continually in extension and time,and a few minutes lost may be irreparable. The Kiln is a jealous master - or mistress - demanding the undivided services of those who attend it".
Suddenly it all made sense I am a clay man !. five electric kilns with timers does not prepare you in any way shape or form, for the demands of a Gas Kiln.

doug fitch said...

Me too, clay man through and through. It's taken a long time for me to understand my kiln even though I've spent many many hours stoking wood kilns at Clive's r Nic's or Svend's. Each kiln is individual. It's only experience, often through getting it wrong that means you end up by getting it right. But that's good, if not a bit frustrating/expensive, or everybody would be able to do it, it's all part of becoming a master of your trade and that should take time otherwise why bother. Great though isn't it?!

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