Subtle Changes

Subtle Changes

My firings use a gas kiln, in reduction, and such firings can always be a little unpredictable. I've become used to the subtle changes that occur from firing to firing and from shelf to shelf depending on the glaze mix, the temperature differences, the amount of reduction, the weather and even the whims of the kiln [...]

Easter surprises

I've just unpacked my kiln after a reduction firing. The firing contained some pieces intended for the Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey in June; some are for a couple of galleries right now and some for a very exciting teabowl exhibition I'll be taking part in later on in the year (more info to follow [...]

Sea Change

I have just opened the kiln to inspect my first reduction firing of 2014. I had been very nervously waiting for the kiln to cool down because the firing itself hadn't seemed to go particularly smoothly. So this morning, when it was cool enough to open, I inspected the results and found there were some [...]

Born from Fire and Ice

I've now had two firings to cone 10 in my new kiln. The first one contained lots of pots that didn't matter if things went wrong. Luckily, things went fairly well, but it got a bit exciting when the floor started to burn! I carried on firing to the end, and a friend said this [...]

Testing Testing

Its taken some time to get my new gas kiln going but I'm finally getting close to doing my first firing in it. The bespoke swivelling flue is installed, the gas burners are attached, the pyrometer is working, and it gets hot inside! So it's all systems go. I'm aiming to do my first firing [...]

Kiln Day

Today was Kiln-day... My brand new shiny kiln arrived on the doorstep! It was pretty exciting, but the excitement was coupled with a box-load of nerves. Would it be damaged? Would we get it through the door? ... I like to worry. But the delivery itself was fine, we unpackaged it on the street and [...]

Box of Delights

Yesterday was an exciting day. The opening of the kiln to find wonderful delights inside. The kiln had fired beautifully with a good reduction. All the glazes I used came out well. It's a rare moment in ceramics and must be relished. I need to sort through my new selection of vessels and start to take [...]