Soda Pots

It’s time to post the results of my part of the recent soda firing at Shadbolt Centre. Just today Al took photos of the latest earthenware, electric-fired jugbirds so those will appear very soon, but I like to keep my notes chronological.                         Since I got to see the new salty-like pots we have been very busy with important things like family birthdays and a much-anticipated holiday on Vancouver Island. I even ...

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Opening Day

  Last Wednesday Al and I went on a long-awaited getaway to Whistler but first there was the soda kiln unloading. He had to wait for me to do the important stuff! When I arrived at the kilns Linda had already unloaded the Blaauw kiln and reloaded it with another batch of cone 10 reduction student work. By 10am most of the soda firing group had arrived. The kiln door was already open but the pots were still lightly warm, even though it was four days since we turned off the kiln.   We formed ...

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New Jugbirds

This week’s glaze firing contained 48 glaze tests. I am looking for a reliable clear glaze which will be suitable for both my favourite D’arcy’s Redart and a white earthenware. So I had made 12 testers in each of: D’arcy’s, Plainsman F100, SPS LF06 and Georgie’s Wonder White. Of each 12 I left 4 plain, painted 4 with underglazes and 4 with slips and then glazed those samples with 4 different glazes. As recommended by Tony Hansen of Digitalfire I shocked the tests ...

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My April

Here we are almost at the end of April so it’s time to do a catch-up blog. I’ve just been poddling along, painting the odd plate and some jugbirds and more importantly researching glaze recipes for cone 04 white clays. It’s been a record-setting rainy month so we grab the chance to do some gardening or I load a kiln when the sun comes out. Happily Easter Day was dry so I’m happy to include a photo of most of the important people in my life. They joined Al and me for a ...

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Old Friends & Winter

The SFU Archaeology Department’s Christmas party was last Saturday and Al had decided that he’s recovered enough to join his old friends and colleagues after so many months of being under the weather. Talking about weather, there then came lots of doubt about whether we could get up the Port Coquitlam hills to attend said party. Luckily we were offered a ride with four other archaeologists in a slippery-road-worthy vehicle. Thank you so much George and Cathy! My reason for mentioning ...

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