Ursula Goebels on tue 28 aug 01
.. "fire with wood and still get real colors" WITHOUT USING GLAZES?
The only potter/sculptor who is "painting with fire" without using glazes
I know is Peter Callas. To get "color" he fires his Anagama sometimes 2
weeks and longer. But it seems like building and firing even a small Anagama
would be too much for a "summer home job."
For a very small and easy to build wood fired kiln you might want to check
Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 1999, page 65. There Nesrin During from
the Netherlands demonstrates one that is loosely constructed from brick and
fires up to 1650F in about 45 to 60 min. I would think that you can go
slower, fire longer and higher in temperature as well. It would take some
experimenting to adapt the idea and modify it to your firing/ glazing
From: Ceramic Arts Discussion List [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG]On
Behalf Of becky schroeder
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2001 10:28 PM
Subject: wood firing questions
dear smart people,
is it possible to fire with wood and still get real colors?
here is why i ask. i want to have a kiln at our summer home in the
mountains of colorado. we have an endless supply of dead wood on the
property so it seems a shame to use any other fuel source. however i tire
quickly of nuetral colored pots which are all i tend to see when i look at
wood fired work. am i looking in all the wrong places?
i'm also concerned about the high fire danger in our area. should i be or
and one last question. i am a total novice when it comes to kilns and have
never fired anything but an electric kiln altho i have loded all types. am
i a fool to undertake this? i'm very willing to hire a person to come help
build and teach me so should i go that route? any recomendations on that
opps--one more. what books are recommended on the subject. i'm a book
thanks so much for all you folks give to us less knowledgeble.
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