First Glaze Firing in Great Barrington


It is soooo nice to have Skutt kilns in the studio that can actually achieve cone 10. Yes, electric firing is convenient, but I also miss manually firing gas kilns just for the experience. My work just looks way better in clean oxidation, so it’s good to fire them in electric kilns if I can get it to temperature. I will be firing gas kilns in reduction for class work and I might throw in a few celadon glazed pots, but I don’t see myself making a whole kiln load of reduction fired work. I’ve decided to try and take more time on my pots since I don’t have a steady selling outlet. I’ve been making teapots this week, which take forever. I can’t wait to get some teapots fired and put them in my Etsy shop 🙂

The pots from this firing look good for the most part, but none of the spoons survived, unfortunately. I got some nice scoops out of the kiln, though. I’ve decided that I really like to carve white lines for the illustrations– it’s soft but also has good contrast with the right colors. Most of the things I wanted to turn out green in this firing all went kind of yellow, and the purple inlay on the bird bowl burnt out almost completely. It was supposed to be a dark maroon, so maybe I will try firing just a tad cooler next time. Anyway, I am super happy that the Skutt can fire hot! 🙂


About Kira Call Ceramics

Just a girl in Wyoming playing with mud and making pottery for a living. Living the dream! :)
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