Smoke firing in a pit
1 November 2010 2 Comments
Been slow here as I’ve been busy with a myriad of other things, including estimates for two design jobs, hosting dinner for the family, finishing the basement (with salvaged materials) and moving more things from the old studio space downtown, including the kilns.
The electric kiln is mostly loaded for a bisque, including more small storm sculptures, parts of what will be an abstract figure for a lobby space at an Oklahoma college and some Christmas tree ornaments the wife and I have been toying around with. The derelict gas kiln I salvaged a few years ago was put to use for the first time yesterday in a smoke firing. It worked great for this, which is good because I’ve had a hard time finding metal trash cans which is what folks usually use for this kind of firing.
Didn’t try anything too much fun using just newspaper, small pieces of salvaged wood (mostly lath from the kitchen wall), a little sawdust and a few leaves. Since everything worked so well I’ll be adding some flashing slips and other more interesting objects in the future. As well as roasting marshmallows over the heat.
The most interesting thing yesterday were speckles on some of the objects (see last image in following gallery), something I did not get in an electric smoke firing.