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wood-fired pots without that annoying nuscience of firing a

updated thu 9 sep 99


Dale A. Neese on wed 8 sep 99

The wood ash that I claimed from Rudy's Barbecue ash dump sieved over a
Shino does incredibly wonderful wood-fired effects on some of my large
covered jars. Wood-firing is a workout. I only do those when I need to gnaw
bark once in a while. Then the labor is worth it.
Anyone going to the Wood Fire conference in Iowa at the end of the month?
Hopefully Louis Katz will give us all a report!
Dale Tex

Lee Love on wed 8 sep 99

In Hendley's example, you wouldn't get much flashing, just ash on top of the

On my first visit to Mashiko seven years ago, I met a potter
originally from Kyoto who make pots that I was sure were woodfired. They
even had flashing marks. He showed me the kiln he fired in: It was an
electric kiln with thick elements in it and he had a charcol box mounted at
the bottom of the electric kiln that provided the reduction atmosphere.
The way he got the flashing was by putting ricehull ash on disk, wadded the
pot and then set the pot on the disk over the ash. He sent for the special
ricehull ash to Hagi I believe.

In many places in Japan, wood, oil or gas kilns are not allowed,
so they have learned to make do with what they have. I personally don't
have difficulty with this, as long as the potter doesn't try to sell his
work as being fired another way.

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