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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…

Top Pottery Blogs for 2014

Have you checked out the blog Pottery Making Info?  If you like reading about the lives of potters you should.  It’s an easy blog to follow because Brandon normally only posts once or twice a month.  Even though he doesn’t publish often he provides a great service by publishing the best blogs we potters publish each month, so if you are short on time this is the place to find the stuff you want to read.  Then at the end of the year he picks the top blog writers based on this list of blog posts.

In 2013 I made the list of the top blogs and I was very, very happy about that.  It was a milestone I wanted to achieve because I truly admire the potters/bloggers that were on the top of the list in previous years.  But this year was a hard year for me and I didn’t write as many blog posts as I would have liked to write.  I always try to write articles that I think you will find interesting and many days I either felt empty of interesting ideas or I was so busy playing catch up that I didn’t have the energy to write.  Still, I must have done something right because I was once again granted the honor of being in the top 14 list.  Okay, I was number 13 but that’s still pretty good for someone who had given up hope.

I do plan and hope to continue to write good and interesting articles to share with you.  If you have any thoughts about what you’d like to read about here, please feel free to tell me.  I’m always happy to share an idea or technique.  Besides, this blog is all about you, the reader.

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  1. Congrats, you do have interesting and thought provoking posts, I've learned a lot on blogs and find yours and others a great resource.

    1. Thanks Linda, that’s very kind of you to say.


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