Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Results

There they were, strewn out on the ground as if a shipping crate had just toppled and everything fell out intact. I approached cautiously as I was surprised by the appearance of many, and in awe of most. I was surprised by the turn out of the Danish White clay body which I showed in a previous post from another kiln firing.
On the left is the Danish White clay body from Joseph Sand's kiln firing, and on the right is the Danish White clay body from Sid Luck's kiln firing
I had never seen Danish White turn out like this! It was not as chocolaty as some of the other clay bodies, but it was toasty! It had some great flashing patterns from the flame though, and showed a good deal of surface variation. Everything was very shiny, and the Aurora clay body turned out very nicely. This made me think a lot about how long a kiln sits in reduction and how much variation there can be regarding reduction in such a large kiln. Reduction draws the iron that is in the clay body to the surface, which means the Danish White clay likely has more iron than I had previously thought!
Bottle made with Aurora clay body
Overall, I was very pleased. As I clean up the pots and get them photographed I will try to post more detailed results on my Facebook page.  I did make me take a mental note for what clay bodies to consider should I get the chance to fire in this kiln again. Or, it will give me the chance to try another white clay body to see how that turns out!
On another note, I had the opportunity to meet Anne Pärtna and Adam Landman from Blue Hen Pottery this past weekend. We talked about being gypsy potters and going from kiln to kiln and gaining an understanding of the variations of clay bodies and kilns from firing to firing. It was humbling and made me think about a more constructive approach to figuring out how to get pottery fired and just having reserved bisque ware on hand.


Dan Finnegan said...

Looks like we both have some chocolate brown pots to sell! I'm happy that you are finding your way into the pottery life there.
A little blogging tip, Brenda. Try figuring out how to make your photos enlarge when you click on them. It'll give us a much better view. Well done!

Brenda Hornsby Heindl said...

Hi Dan, thanks for the note. I tested out loading all of my photos to Picassa and then putting them on the blog. Now they should be able to be blown up. Perhaps I will go through and try to fix all of the previous photos. I had been editing them and scaling them down for web pages, but I guess that is not necessary! Your pieces look great, chocolate brown is a wonderful color!