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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…

Summer Pottery Class

Have you ever wanted to take a pottery class and learn how to throw pots on the potter's wheel?  Lots of people tell me that they would love to learn this skill when they discover I'm a potter.  I've been teaching at The Tucker Recreation Center for a couple of years and I love it.  The classes and the facility are really great. I really look forward to being with the students each week, we have developed a very nice relationship based on clay.  We have a lot of fun and I plan to be there for many more years.

Now, I have been asked to teach a beginning wheel throwing at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center this summer. I'm very excited about this opportunity.  As you may know, I've been a resident artist at Callanwolde for a little while and I really enjoy it too.  The people are wonderful, the students have access to several different types of firing and the grounds are beautiful and inspiring.  Since the pottery classes in Tucker are off for the summer this works out really well for me and for any students that want to come to Callanwolde for a summer class.

Lori Buff demonstrating altering a pot by Future Relics Gallery
Altering a Pot

The classes will be held on Tuesdays from 9:30 am till 12 noon for eight weeks.  For more info and to sign up go to the Callanwolde class catalog and look in the pottery section.  Registration opens on May 15th and classes do fill up quickly.

I'm also going to be teaching the kids clay class at Callanwolde again in the fall. Follow me on social media or this blog to get all the detail about those classes.

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

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