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Kissed By The Flame

Some pots are quiet, they don’t speak of carving or imagery. This one didn’t even speak of glaze colors or designs. Sometimes it’s a good idea to listen to the quiet. That would probably have been a better name for this post, maybe it’s the name of the vase. With nothing but a spearmint liner glaze, this piece was placed in the soda kiln. It’s about 11 inches tall so it was put in the top with a sculpture and a few other tall pieces. The soda and the flame did the decoration.

The vase is still very quiet but I think it came out well. I’m pleased with the painting the soda and flame did.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Galleryby Lori Buff

Getting Loaded

The first assignment in Cynthia Bringle's concentration here are Penland School of Crafts was to make mugs. Everyone in the class made a bunch of them then picked the best for firing. As soon as they were dry we started loading a bisque kiln. We had just gotten started when Cynthia came out and told us that since we were firing this many mugs we didn't need to use kiln shelves. It's more efficient to just stack foot to foot then rim to rim all the way up the kiln.

I've loaded 2 kilns this way now. I have to tell you it's exciting. I realize it would be easier if all the pieces where made by one potter but it still worked.

I'm Feeling like a Jinga Master, let's hope the second kiln comes out this good. It's packed tighter and taller.
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    1. It was scary to load but it worked great. Cross your fingers that today's load will be just as good.

  2. I like the wavy one, nearly upper right. I'd put a nice celadon on there :)

    1. That's a nice one, my fellow assistant Seth made it.


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