I can hardly wait to get into the photo studio to shoot my work from the wood kiln. Wood firings are hard work but are worth it. There is always something exciting that happens during the process. The work for the Tea ceremony has been an inspiration for me when considering making work for wood kilns. I am currently making work last minute for a wood firing on Tuesday. Hopefully the rush will allow me to focus on intuition and produce work that looks fresh and immediate.
Here is a quick video of Kass and Jenny unbricking the Wood kiln.
More pics and video to follow.
I have included a post by my instructor Tony Clennell about the firing.
So I have started on my bowls for the empty bowls fundraiser at the Gardiner museum. I am considering glazing them with maiolica and leaving areas open for terra sig. I am not sure it can take the thermal shock yet. I am centering the bowl on the wheel in preparation for trimming.
I had a successful kiln firing by my standards today. Which was nice considering how miserable I have been all week. I can’t sleep, eat, think, read, write or draw. I have to post the pics soon. It was a good firing because the glaze melted fairly consistently and there was little snow in the decoration. (I will explain this in a latter blog that I shall write about maiolica glaze flaws which should be exciting and I’ll have tonnes of pics for that one.). I had originally planned on throwing some large composite forms for the upcoming wood firing. Then decided to take it easy and throw small vases and pitchers.(Jugs! sorry Tony Jugs!)
Wednesday May 19, 5–8 pm
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Join us for the 18th annual Empty Bowls. Purchase a ticket, choose a bowl, and savour sumptuous soups by some of Toronto’s famed chefs, brought together by Chef Jamie Kennedy. All proceeds benefit Anishnawbe Health Toronto, an aboriginal community-based health centre.
I unloaded the electric glaze firing today. The earthenware pieces that I fired last week in reduction made it through the electric firing without losing the black iron oxide under the terra sig. Here are a some pictures of my work taken on my wedging table. I will get around to shooting these in the photography studio when I have a chance. I have included a detail shot from a platter I made for a fellow a 3rd year student at Sheridan.