Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Glaze and Load

Slowly getting ready to fire the kiln in between house projects and yard work. Some quick shots to show the process. Cone packs tell you how much heat you have in the ware.

My friend Rob Harvey gave me a supply of wood ash from his wood stove. It has to be sieved through a series of screens to remove the large junks and make sure it is well mixed. The resulting ash is combined with a clay to make a glaze.

The shelves have all been cleaned and coated with a "wash" that helps prevent any glazes that drip from becoming a permanent part of the shelves.

For the bigger pots, the glaze is sprayed on.

Here are a few of the smaller pots waiting to be loaded.

More to come soon.


  1. Nice! I've been holed up in the studio at long last and am making a lot of progress.

    What do you use for kiln shelves that big?

  2. I have 12 x 24 Nitride Bonded Silicon Carbide Kiln Shelves. The set area is designed to be 24 x 24 so I use two side by side. They make a 24 x 24 shelf, but the are bears to lift in and out of the kiln. What I would really like is the Advancer shelves that are super light and super strong - trouble is that they are 3 to 4 times as expensive.