Thursday, November 3, 2011

Oxidation vs. Reduction

Oxidation oranges, rusts and ambers

Reduction yellows, reds and temmokus

More reduction colors
Recently my friend, Bobbie, asked me to help her fill her gas kiln with some work. She usually asks about once or twice a year in order to get a firing done more quickly, since her kiln is pretty large and takes quite a few pieces. I'm always happy to round out her load because I miss reduction firing sometimes and it makes me think differently about the pieces I make. I tend to do a little less decorating and let the kiln work it's magic more. She opened the kiln on Halloween Day and I got to ask "Was it Halloween or Christmas?", a saying from Ben Owens, III that we first when we took a class from him at Penland.

"CHRISTMAS!" was her answer.

These pots will be available at the Carolina Pottery Festival on Nov. 12, in Shelby.

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