Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Resourcefulness

 Living the life of a potter often means that you are resourceful by both nature and necessity.


Our electric kiln for bisque firing hasn't been wired yet. Jeff decided that we would bisque in our raku kiln. 

He created a temporary bag wall to divert the flame. It's more time consuming to fire in the raku kiln, but it will get us by for our last glaze firing at the log cabin. Jeff has used this kiln to bisque fire large pots in the past, since it is bigger than our manual electric kiln. He is also considering a glaze firing in this kiln. There are a couple of potters in Seagrove that reduction fire to ^10 in modified electric kilns, with very good results. 

Seeing it an action again, has stirred up my desire to do more raku firings this year. After all, raku was my first love affair with pottery.

5 comments:

  1. Necessity is the mother of invention!

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  2. Potters are clever folk.
    Like you, I wish we lived closer and could raku fire together, that would be fun.

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    1. It would be so much fun! In NH we had a regular group of raku buddies. It was as much social event as it was creating art.

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