May, 2009 Firing.
Another good firing, using all Tamarack. We used the now-standard loading with the front set of shelves all the way up at the throat. Several Japanese-style pots (Hors d’oeuvres) were in the throat arch and one tipped onto another. Pots in the back and near the side stoke got a fair bit of ash again, though there were some areas of oxidized glazes.

The firing followed the normal schedule: eighteen hours to Cone 010, six hours to Cone 9, hold for ten hours. I’m going to stretch out the next firing to 48 hours by adding six hours to the rise to cone 9 and the rest to the soak at top temp so we get more complete fire marking and less of the up-wind/down-wind sided effects on pots. I also need to load the kiln tighter so the flame doesn’t just rush through chamber so fast, and will use the passive damper more. We have a request for Poplar in with Myron, our wood supplier. I’ve also spotted some sawmills nearby that I’ll call about other hardwoods.
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Coffee Cup with Blue Dome and zesting

Coffee Cup with Blue Dome and zesting

Coffee Cup with Blue Dome and Star Cross Pattern

Coffee Cup with Blue Dome and Star Cross Pattern

Coffee Cup with Blue Dome and Stamped Patterns

Coffee Cup with Blue Dome and Stamped Patterns

Pair of Striped Teabowls

Pair of Striped Teabowls

Striped Teabowl (or, Teabowl with Striped Dome)

Striped Teabowl (or, Teabowl with Striped Dome)

Striped Cruet on Star Trivet

Striped Cruet on Star Trivet

Striped Cruet on Star Trivet (these don't pour well)

Striped Cruet on Star Trivet (these don

Cruet with Cross-Star Pattern on Trivet (these pour well)

Cruet with Cross-Star Pattern on Trivet (these pour well)

Pair of Blue Dome Teabowls

Pair of Blue Dome Teabowls

Tan Dome Vase with Stripes

Tan Dome Vase with Stripes

Green Dome Vase with Entrance

Green Dome Vase with Entrance

Tan Dome Vase with Stripes

Tan Dome Vase with Stripes

Tan Spire Bottle with Stamping

Tan Spire Bottle with Stamping

Cruet Trivets in a Cross-Star Pattern

Cruet Trivets in a Cross-Star Pattern

March, 2009 Firing.

With Cross-Grid stamping.

Teapot with Cross-Square stamping.

With Glaze inlay on Cross-Star and Cross-Square Stamping

Tan Dome Teapot With Glaze Inlay

Runny Money glaze on Kaolin slip

Blue Ash Dome Teapot with Glaze Inlay

Medium Bowl with Striped Dome

Medium Bowl with Striped Dome

Interior of Medium Bowl, Showing Rosetta

Interior of Medium Bowl, Showing Rosetta

Foot Detail of Medium Bowl, showing stamping and glaze inlay.

Foot Detail of Medium Bowl, showing stamping and glaze inlay.

Tall Vase with Glaze Inlay, Cross-Grid pattern.

Tall Vase with Glaze Inlay, Cross-Grid pattern.

Foot Detail, Showing Star-Cross Stamping and wad marks.

Foot Detail, Showing Star-Cross Stamping and wad marks.

Small Blue Dome Vase, With Cross Star stamping.

Small Blue Dome Vase, With Cross Star stamping.

Foot Detail of Tall Blue-Dome Vase, showing wad marks and stamping pattern.

Foot Detail of Small Blue-Dome Vase, showing wad marks and stamping pattern.

Tall Blue-Dome Vase, With Cross-Star Stamping

Tall Blue-Dome Vase, With Cross-Star Stamping

Foot Detail of Small Blue Dome Vase, showing wad marks and stamping

Foot Detail of Tall Blue Dome Vase, showing wad marks and stamping

Blue Dome Coffee Cup, Celadon Glaze over Blue Slip

Blue Dome Coffee Cup, Celadon Glaze over Blue Slip

Coffee Cup, With glaze inlay on cross-star stamping.

Coffee Cup, With glaze inlay on cross-star stamping.

December, 2008 Firing.

Kaolin Slip with glaze inlay.

Kaolin Slip with glaze inlay.

Kaolin Slip with Runny Money inlaid

Kaolin Slip with Runny Money inlaid

Blue Slip with Celadon Glaze

Blue Slip with Celadon Glaze

Blue Slip with Celadon Glaze

Blue Slip with Celadon Glaze

7" Wide x 4" high

Star-Rim Bowl

Nice Variation of celadon glaze inside and out.

Nice Variation of celadon glaze inside and out.

This Blog-site is a publication point for my current ceramic art work, an archive of older work, and a resource for glaze, clay, and firing information. I will update it on a regular basis as new results are available.

S. Grimmer
Winnipeg, March, 2009.

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