billie schwab on mon 21 mar 05
anybody, who regularly fires with wood, willing to list their most valuable
resources while going through the learning curve?
John Baymore on tue 22 mar 05
Building and firing wood kilns.... over and over and over and over and
There is no substitute for "putting in the time". Take every
opportunity to broaden your education in all aspects of clayworking.
I've been woodfiring since 1969. Still learning something every firing.
River Bend Pottery
22 Riverbend Way
Wilton, NH 03086 USA
Paul Herman on wed 23 mar 05
You want to woodfire? You must be loony like some of my best friends
Resources? Long term patience and dogged determination help. Also read
everything you can get your hands on. Learn how to chainsaw and split
wood. Learn about refractories.
Great Basin Pottery
Doyle, California US
>From: billie schwab
>Subject: wood firing resources needed
>Date: Mon, Mar 21, 2005, 7:44 PM
> anybody, who regularly fires with wood, willing to list their most valuable
> resources while going through the learning curve?
> billie schwab
Jan Goodland Metz on thu 24 mar 05
I guess my thoughts would be to fire every chance you get, stick to just a few
glazes and get to know them. And pay attention to what clay you are using. I've
been firing this one shino over and over this past year and I just pulled out a
pot that absolutely astonished me. The glaze comes out different every time.
Depending on where in the kiln, the wood, how the kiln is fired, how thick the
glaze. But this time the soda ash melted really well and ran down the pot. A
cone pack on that shelf was cone 12 flat. I guess it likes it hotter than I
knew. So it was hot there. We aim to get to cone 10. There is one corner that
usually takes longer, so other areas get hotter than 10. So you just don't
know what is going to happen sometimes. I'll post a picture of this pot soon.
After 5 years of work I finally have what I've been looking for....now to
recreate it in the next firing, that is my challenge now. So it never ends, I
still feel like a beginner.
To me, wood firing isn't a race about how fast you can get to cone ten or
wherever. Which seems to be an attitude that some newcomers/first-timers have.
To me it is a very slow walk uphill. And learning to listen to the fire and
watch how it moves and breaths. And to pay attention to how the kiln is
stacked. I don't know, I'll be learning for a very long time I hope.
firing again in 2 weeks...need to make more pots. in ice covered RI.
Quoting Paul Herman :
> Hi Billie,
> You want to woodfire? You must be loony like some of my best friends
> (and myself).
> Resources? Long term patience and dogged determination help. Also read
> everything you can get your hands on. Learn how to chainsaw and split
> wood. Learn about refractories.
> Good firings,
> Paul Herman
> Great Basin Pottery
> Doyle, California US
> >From: billie schwab
> >To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
> >Subject: wood firing resources needed
> >Date: Mon, Mar 21, 2005, 7:44 PM
> > anybody, who regularly fires with wood, willing to list their most
> > resources while going through the learning curve?
> > tia,
> > billie schwab
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