This June's firing was a mixed bag to the extreme!
Large pieces along the top of the kiln were covered in ash and responded beautifully....Mackenzie Shino with Redart, Raw Hawthorn Fireclay body and Blue Oribe thrived in the kiln's environment.
The tail was stacked a bit too tightly this time around...I have a clear idea of the results as they relate to temperature and surface effects....cannot wait for the next one which will be sooner than later.
We've been on a once a year firing schedule the last three firings and feeling the need to ramp up timing with next one...there's plenty of unfired student, fellow potter and personal work...enough the fill the kiln again and more....plus, we have the wood split and cured.
Thinking of simplifying the firing process this time around...I've invited various artists to participate and take ownership in different aspects of the process and I'm sensing that it's time to re-engage with the oversight and direction of namely the tail stack and final shift. I've been inviting folks from the surrounding community and region to participate in the firing activities with the intention of connecting with both the established surrounding clay community and local residents that are completely new to the process.
The community building aspect is important to me....the most important aspect...I believe that the quality of the work reflects the approach to the process and by incorporating others...new information and insight is gained...furthering the end quality of the work.
Next firing: skeleton crew and very small social gathering for the finnale'. Back to basics ;)