Soda Ash & Baking Soda

Parts of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were spent at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, preparing for and helping with the firing of the Soda Kiln. We were invited to bring our approximately two cubic feet of bisqued ware to the shed next to the wood and soda kilns for glazing on Wednesday afternoon. I had already spent the afternoon before glazing the insides of all mine so all I needed to do was get wadding knobs stuck on to the undersides of my pots and put them on the shelf next to the kiln ready ...

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So-da Time is Right!

I was impressed by the results of the Ruthanne Tudball soda firing this last March. It was opened on the day after the most recent Clay Symposium at Shadbolt Centre and there were some juicy orange peely surfaces. For a while now I’ve been enquiring around for opportunities to participate in a salt firing again without any success. Last year I made about fifteen pieces in stoneware and sprayed them with likely slips in the hopes of a salt firing soon and they’ve sat, bisqued, in my kiln ...

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Can a Bird be a Mug?

With encouragement from staff at the Gallery of BC Ceramics I have made some bird mugs. Earlier this year I made a few mugs which were not any specific bird, just a jolly combination of greens with white chest and red spots. They have a little beak which is not a spout but otherwise take just as long to make and paint as my jugbirds do. I wondered if anybody would buy them if I priced them similarly. Now I have produced just two each of my popular Pileated Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers and ...

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Speedy Results of a Raid

  Mina, Michelle and Cindy are waiting to see how their plates turned out so I’ll show them to you as well. I just managed to get all the finished work into the glaze firing, along with everything that I had ready to go and a couple of plates which didn’t make it into my previous glaze firing, painted by Philippe Raphanel and Elizabeth Zvonar. The latter two have had to wait for several weeks for theirs.                 Tomorrow I plan to ...

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Juggling pots and family!

The last few days illustrate how my life is a blend of pottery-related activities, household stuff and days when family is top priority. Last Thursday I finished applying terra sigillata to the undersides of all my pots, fast-dried some still slightly damp plates in my convection oven (on ‘warm’), loaded the kiln for the bisque firing and turned it on. We’d set aside Friday for grandson Caleb so Steve dropped him off with us on his way to BCIT. The day wasn’t promising but ...

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