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eKiln II Brief

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I ask for your pardon if I don't elaborate on the painting session in preparation for today's eKiln firing. There's much to do . Here, for the record, are some highlights with coded deco-descriptions. I'm plugged in and ready to dial it up. I'll be watching that pyrometer and reading that meter!

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I'm glazing and loading the eKiln today. Firing tomorrow! It will be a light load, read: totally-experimental-glaze-test-slip-test kind of firing with real pots.

Call me crazy or call me over-confident! [See fingers crossed behind my back.]

But this is how I'm rolling into the fifth year of pottery bloggery.

Sink Saga Continued

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white slip. wax resist. more white slip!!

I'm heading over to put the sinks in the soda kiln, Lucille, over Penland School way. Here are the sinks after their wax painting and slip dipping were done.

black wax resist. white slip

white slip. wax resist. more white slip 2

sorry, no picture of the
black underglaze slip brush work. layer o'tenmoku. layer of amber
it'll be a surprise for Wednesday!

I'm not sure what I'll do with myself tomorrow as I sit there watching the gas kiln. I'm sure I'll stick my head in a few studios and see what's going on!

Look for a Penland Ramble post tomorrow or Tuesday!

First Peek:34, Sort-of

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If you are a Facebook fan, or if you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen this. I thought I would give you guys the first peek. But for all the rest who are just now seeing these, enjoy the thrill of the surprise! The above shot was taken by sticking my camera (and arm) through the stoke port from the POV of the firebox. I like the contrast of the pots and the lava flow on the bag wall bricks! The pictures below were taken through the spy holes


top of a chicken waterer

spout of a pitcher
yum, a tenmoku over hakame cup at the bottom front.
that's cone 10 and 11 standing.
perfect heat!

more tenmoku with under glaze black brushwork

Another Retro Card

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Small Jar with bird and 4 handles
h. 6 in.
2003

Here's another card, this one from about 2003, after I built and fired my then "new" kiln. I love the glaze color and the handles of this little jar. Inspired by the old Jugtown pots of Ben Owens Sr., most likely. The texture of the glaze is what I would characterize as sugar. What? No pattern?! What was I thinking? The hand formed bird atop the lid is a little stoic, but has a certain charm I think.
Where is it now is any one's guess. Somehow the pots we make go out into the great big world.
This bird has flown.