First firing- pots and glazes

I have been experimenting with textures and glazes and combinations therein. So much still to learn – trying to remember it is the journey not the destination that is important!

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Lichen crescent pot

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Distressed  round pot 19cm diameter

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Oval pot 14cm at widest pt

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Love this zinc glaze

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Ist Firing

25th July2015

6 weeks passed and still I have not got the gas connected. My gas installer became very ill and I am now on the waiting list for another gas man. Kiln is packed and I wait!

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August 6th

Today is the day. Scary but very exciting. Can I get the temperature rise just right? Will I manage a good reduction atmosphere in the kiln. So much to learn.

10 hours later – firing is complete. Well there were a few steep learning curves…the flames going up the chimney were not planned…opened the damper and eased up on the  reduction …and now I wait 2 days before it will be cool enough to open.

August 8th

Pretty pleased!

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My New Kiln Arrives

I began learning ceramics so I could make some lovely pots for my bonsai trees. I did not realise I would become enchanted with the malleability of clay and the quest for a perfect glaze.

I fired my first pots in the Central Coast Potters Society electric kilns but longed for the magic that happens in a reduction firing. I bought myself a second hand    ( some 20 years old) gas kiln and when I had gained some confidence in firing this I ordered a new kiln from Steve Harrison – some what of a pottery legend himself!

My gorgeous new kiln arrived on the 13th of June on a truck complete with crane. After some fiddling we managed to fit the kiln in my shed. Two roof panels were swapped around so the flue and chimney connected. Now I have to wait 2 weeks for the gas installer and I will be ready to fire my pots.

My Gorgeous New Kiln

My Gorgeous New Kiln