Monday, September 14, 2009

Woodfired Earthenware?

















I've finally been in the studio after catching up on the outdoor chores...they say to make hay while the sun shines...so I've been making pots while the moon shines.

I'm almost ready to fire up the wood kiln with an earthenware salt glaze firing! I'll fire somwhere between 1800 to 2000 degrees...I was inspired to try this technique over the summer while helping Ron Meyers with his workshop at Penland. Ron fires a wood kiln down in Georgia to earthenware temps. I think there are some subtle colors that will show up nicely in this temperature range.
During second session at Penland, I worked with Ayumie Horie who also uses earthenware. I loved her clay body and brought some home with me. I've taken to combining Ayumie and Ron Meyers clay together, about half and half, both of which were mixed by Highwater Clays in Asheville, NC, and using this mix to make the large planters shown above. The planters shown above were made using Daniel Johnstons Thai style construction technique. They'll be stacked rim to rim in the kiln. The sizes range from 12 inches in height to 18 inches across the top rims. These are some of the largest pots I've made...
I'm making a few cups and some other functional pieces and hope to test some glazes and slips in this firing. I ought to be ready to fire sometime soon! I am really excited to try something new! It keeps things fresh!

If you're interested in helping or just seeing the wood fire process, just let me know!

Here are a few recipes I'll be using for this firing...Thank you Ayumi
Modified Clay c/02 ---3 o’clock
OM 4 Ball Clay 10
Redart               70
Goldart              20
Frit 3124             3
Barium                0.25
Bent                    2
Kyanite (fine)      5

White Slip c/02
OM4 Ball Clay   36.1
EPK                   18.1
Neph Sy               3.8
Frit 3124            25.8
Zircopax             13.8
Buttercup #6406   1.4
Gray #6572          0.24
I'll post Ron's clay body and liner glaze as soon as I find it...

3 comments:

Michael Kline said...

Good stuff Josh. I'm always interested to see what happens after Penland in the work!

floydpots said...

Thank You Michael! I'm really excited though I know the results could be less than expected...sometimes you just have to put a bunch of nice eggs in the basket and run down a hill!! I'm combining a making technique with a new temp range from Penlandio! It took a couple of months for me to let things sink in...Off I go!

andrea said...

I know this post was a while ago but I am making the switch to earthenware and am looking at different clay bodies and wanted Ron's! Was wondering if you ever found it!
We fired earthenware in the woodkiln at Penland years ago, I think in 1990 with Jane Dillon. I loved my results!
Can't wait to see your other posts.
~andrea