RELICS FROM THE FUTURE
Let’s Clay Withe Fire II carries on from where Still Breathing After All These Years left off in 2015. Celebrations of the winter solstice using fire as the main event. This year I achieved to have 14 firings over 3 weeks around the solstice. An east coast low a week earlier meant that we suspended workshops but still maintained the firing schedules.
The kiln is a small cross draft wood fire design that I first used at ESTC back in 1972. It is a simple kiln that is able to achieve temps above 1000ºC (up to 1100ºC)
The kiln initially was wet from being uncovered during the previous heavy rain. This made the going slow. Started with small fire and slowly brought up to a good ash bed. This first firing also saw the kiln in a half finished state with low flue and many gaps in the brickwork. The design of the kiln was tweaked after each firing, building up the chimney,sealing gaps in brickwork and making the chamber slightly larger.
The first firing was all bisque. I tried a little reduction with sawdust etc but reoxidised at temperature. “Relics From the Future ” became the working title for the body of work.
Within a few days the next few firings went back to back. Mixed the first 2 glazes in DeBose’s book, cone 07 and cone 05. The melted well at throat and top. The strategy became bisque in cooler parts and glaze in hot spots. I worked well to keep a flow going. These were the early results.