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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…

Oval Casserole with Texture

Spring show season is upon us and I have been working like crazy to make enough pottery to make the shows a success. It's a bit weird to think that I want to have enough pots that I don't have a sell out at an art show.  I remember going to the American Craft Council show in Atlanta one year and seeing Alex Matise sitting in his booth with just one very large pot left. I think it was his first year there and he does make some really beautiful pieces. I hope he was just very pleased with the sales and he was not regretting bringing more ceramic work to the show. I've never had that experience so I can only guess how I'd feel.  How would you feel if you were in that position?

Oval Ceramic Casserole

I've made several of these oval casseroles recently.  They are all a little different which makes me happy. They will be going to the pottery sale at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Fired Works in Macon, GA, and the Inman Park Festival in Atlanta, GA. If I have any left after those sales I'll put them on-line for the rest of the world.

This casserole, like most of my functional pottery, is conventional oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

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  1. What a beautiful casserole. Everything about it works so nicely.

    1. Thanks Michèle, I really appreciate your thoughts about this pot.


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