Thanks so much to everyone who bought a piece from my shop last night, the continued support is overwhelming and I can’t thank you all enough, it means the world to me. I’ll hopefully do one more update on my shop over the coming weeks, but the focus now changes to our open studio at Maze Hill Pottery on the first weekend of December. We display a culmination of the years work, including pieces by myself, Lisa Hammond, (@lisahammondpottery) and Darren Ellis (@darrenellispottery). On Saturday morning we wheel out the large trolley kiln for the first time, which is filled with soda fired work we’ve been making ready for it this last month. You can pick pots freshly from the kilns shelves and if you’re lucky they’ll still be warm – it’s also a chance to get any seconds we accumulate over the year.
I’ve only ever fired the trolly kiln twice, it’s far bigger than ‘Wee Bear’, the smaller soda kiln we fire regularly. It sadly sits dormant for most of the year apart from its annual firing. It used to be in operation more often, Lisa tells me she used to be able to throw enough pots each month to fill it. It’s a colossal job, the turn around between firings is vast as each shelf has to be ground and repainted, the kiln cleaned out and scraped down as well as all the pots. Nowadays we’ve been mainly using the smaller kiln only, it only takes a day to clean all the kiln furniture and pots, so we can fire it back to back in preparation for shows. It also fires very consistently compared to its larger companion, with nowhere near as many losses or seconds.
These three tan mugs were from the last firing in the small kiln, tan mugs rarely emerge well but the last few kiln loads have been great for them. The tan colour has remained bright and warm while the soda has mottled certain areas too, adding a variety of textures and hues, such as the white rims and the black marks.
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