Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: kiln firing

These pyrometric cones were in the kiln for our SODA-FIRING WORKSHOP last weekend… looks like we went a little bit past cone ten?! What with my “newbies” learning & helping to put the soda mixture into the kiln… we may have gone a little slower than normal. The pots turned out great… so apparently a little hotter with a “flat” cone 10 didn’t matter too much!!!

Categories: classes, kiln firing, pottery, soda-fired, workshop
Categories: classes, kiln firing, soda-fired

When the kiln finally got up towards its top temperatures tonight, my class started scooping the soda mixture onto an angle iron preparing to insert it into the kiln to create the soda atmosphere. They had a great time “playing” with the flames, inserting the soda & making some “magic” happen inside the kiln!!!

Categories: classes, kiln firing

A little wisp of a reduction flame sneaking out through the bricks!

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Cones are moving… it’s getting hot in there!!!

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An early morning start… ignition… flames… here we go!
It’s going to be a long day of firing… with my class coming back
this evening to help insert the soda mixture into the kiln.

Categories: classes, kiln firing

All closed up for the night. A good job done… lots of help from my workshop participants. They were all troopers… even as our loading went a couple hours longer than the workshop was scheduled for!!!

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Dan & Cassie bricking up the kiln door.
One of the more “glamorous “ tasks of the night!!!

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Front stack done… filled last night with lots of pots of all sizes & styles. Can’t wait to see them when they’re fired!!! Time to brick the door…

Categories: kiln firing, process, production

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