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Painting For The Wood Kiln

These are three mugs that I've painted with underglaze for the anagama firing I wrote about last month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed about the colors, really about everything.  Wood firing can be hard on ceramics, but it's worth it for the look it gives.  I've also got three of my woman vases to go into the kiln.  I'm imagining they will come out looking just beautiful.


It'll be interesting to see what happens to these glazes in cone 10 (or more) reduction.  That was actually a large consideration when thinking about the glaze colors.  The blues, browns, and golds should stay the same and not even burn out but the green could change drastically depending on what is used to make the color of the glaze.

These were painted at Mudfire where members often drift by to see what I'm doing.  Everyone learns something from interacting at a community studio.  I was telling one student, who did wood firings a lot about 20 years ago that this was the destination of the pieces and that I really didn't know what they would look like when they were done.  He said "that's a little disconcerting considering your experience." It is disconcerting to me too, but in pottery we can also call that "playing."

This post can also be found at Mud Colony

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  1. Hope they turn out as you would like Lori. To be invited to be apart of a woodfiring is very exciting. Lucky you. :)

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    1. Thanks Jan, I get invited to a few wood firings every year, I just can't always participate.

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  2. The detailed painting is just beautiful - what wonderful designs! I can't wait to see how they look coming out of the wood fire.

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    1. Thanks Julia, I'll be sure to keep you posted.

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  3. if it was not a challange we would become bored with it. I think that the reason we do this is to tax our brains.
    I do have days that I don't want to be challanged and then days where all I want is to try someting new.
    Balance... have fun with the firing.

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    1. Thanks Meredith, as artists we tend to spend a lot of time solving problems of our own making. That's why we need the challenging and the zen moments.

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  4. Hope your colors hold, these will be great, love your drawings.

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