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Why Soda Firing

The pots in a soda kiln usually don’t have much glaze on the outsides of them, they are glazed by the introduction on soda ash, which volatiles when it hits the flame and creates a glaze. The flame then carries the soda ash through the kiln and the pots become glazed wherever the flame and soda kiss the pots.

Here you see me spraying the soda ash which is mixed with boiling water, into the kiln at about 2200 degrees.

 The results can be greatly varied with this type of firing. For me, that's a big part of the fun of it. You never know with 100% certainty, what you will get from the kilns.

This pot shows where the glaze hit the surface and really added a nice difference in appearance. The green you see is a spearmint glaze that I used inside the pot and along the rim. The soda mixed with that glaze and made it very dark, almost black in some spots and almost white in others. You can also see where it kissed the shoulder of the vessel and the handles. The orange color is from a flas…

After The Open Pottery Studio and Sale

The annual Open Studio and Sale is normally scheduled for the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I’ve done this to co-ordinate it with what is known as a long weekend dedicated to shopping but what it ends up being is a long weekend dedicated to giving thanks.  It starts on Thursday when friends gather together over a bounty of delicious food to celebrate.  Our Thanksgiving dinner is vegetarian so even the turkey’s have something to be thankful for on that day.  The next day the sale starts and so do the thanks.

Yes, I am grateful to everyone that comes by and visits, I try to express my thanks whether they buy something or not.  I am happy to see them and very glad they stopped by.  Maybe they didn’t see anything they wanted or maybe they can’t afford to get something.  It’s okay, it was still nice to visit.
Visiting with customers by Lori Buff
Visiting The Studio Sale

Janet makes the worlds best chocolate chip cookies and she made certain the plate was always full.  That was no easy task considering the amount of cookies I customers ate.  I appreciated her and them very much.
Cookies and clay by Lori Buff
Worlds Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunday was amazingly warm and beautiful.  I pulled the wheel outside so I could throw some pots in the sunshine.  I am thankful that the weather was beautiful all weekend but Sunday knocked it out of the park!
Pottery Throwing Demo by Future Relics Gallery
Throwing Pots in the Sunshine

I am also thankful for everyone that brought friends with them and the friends that were willing to come along.  It made the weekend even more fun.

Now, on to the next shows and more thankfulness.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff


  1. So glad you had nice weather for your sale; sorry I didn't make it down there, I thought I had another week before the next show and it turns out it's this Friday and Saturday so I was busy firing a bisque and glaze load because I had to work all day Monday.

  2. So glad to hear everything went well. Throwing outside in November-December! WOW! I'm just a bit envious of your weather!

  3. GREAT mugs and cookies, and whoa, throwing outdoors on the last day of November!!!!!


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