Friday, February 12, 2010
I opened the kiln yesterday morning in the dark. More or less. There was no power here in Hatchville, after the big wind and heavy snow took out several electrical poles on Route 151 nearby. We were without electricity for about 24 hours, which is fine during the day (sort of), but makes things kind of dark after the sun goes down. Oh, and cold. And computerless. So I'm a day late getting these new pots up on the blog.
This was a good firing, with lots of carbon-trapping in all the right places and some good results among nine or ten new glazes I was testing. I'll post a photo of that in a day or so.
Lots of squared bottles in this firing, mostly of them in Shino, but with a fair amount of crackle slip underneath. Also, a new batch of ash glaze, made entirely with our friend Mie's woodstove ash. The brown stoneware vases with white slip brushed underneath the ash did well. My pots are getting darker, for some reason. Winter, maybe. But I seem to be glazing things in either complex, random patterns under carbon-trap Shino or on brown stoneware with white slip that barely shows through the dark, greenish ash glaze. Hmmmmm ...
Maybe I should do more copper red, eh, Finnegan?