TriCity Potters

It was a clay-packed weekend! On Friday evening Linda took June and me over to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts for the latest in the NorthWest Ceramic Foundation’s series of lectures. Nora Vaillant had studied Leach apprentice and sometime BC resident John Reeve and his influence on West Coast potters for her MA thesis. This talk was a somewhat extended version of the presentation she made at the most recent NCECA conference.  Many of the evening’s large audience had worked with  John ...

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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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Soda Ash & Baking Soda 2

On Friday I dropped Al off at his Port Moody exercise class and he was the one without a car later – so walked home, checking out the Ribfest in Rocky Point Park en route. I arrived back at the soda kiln at 3pm and the group were just preparing to start introducing the soda mixture into peep holes. Cone 10 was already down in the top front and cone 8 was over at the lower back. When we unload it we’ll be able to see how they compare by the end – but certainly we’ll have ‘well-done’ ...

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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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