It's firing day here at Kreeger Pottery. I keep saying that I haven't fired my reduction kiln in a while and that's very true. I fire big pieces in it every once in a while and when a friend needs a kiln I'll gladly lend it out and throw in a few of my pieces. As I became addicted to atmospheric firing I sadly gave little thought to the reduction kiln. Because of that, when I glazed for it I usually just threw on a shino, tenmoku or acero glaze and called it a day.
I'm realizing that I missed an opportunity to explore what I could do to get work out of the reduction kiln to relate to my salt, soda and wood-fired pots. Once my soda kiln tanked, rather than explore these options, I bisqued, glazed and transported my pots 3.5 hours to Mark's kilns out at Stonepool to fire. It was safe and I love salt firing....really love it. But it isn't the easiest thing to rely on someone else's kiln....especially that far away. I always love spending time out at Stonepool but that much time away from my family isn't so much fun. This time of year, it's nearly impossible because of the gallery.
I really used this cycle to try a variety of new glazing ideas to get the play of textures, glazes and layers that I'm used to getting in my salt-fired pots. So, it's basically a kiln full of tests and new ideas. I was worried about putting that many new glazes in this time....now that I'm waiting for cones to start dropping I'm getting a little more anxious about it all.
If it doesn't work out as I had planned, oh hell....I have a few new ideas and tricks to try for the next salt or wood firing and I'll also just try a new round of ideas for the next reduction kiln.
Oh, and because I haven't tried enough new stuff lately, I have a couple hundred pounds of earthenware to play around with. After checking out the blogs and all of the great stuff out there and enjoying my new Ayumi Horie mug I thought I would give it a shot. More on that decision to come....as well as some other thoughts....but now, I have a nice earthenware mug that is full of coffee and calling my name.