An Oxidized Bisque Firing

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Originally published in Pottery Making Illustrated, July/August 2018. http://potterymaking.org. Copyright, The American Ceramic Society.                          Reprinted with permission.

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Kazegama Workshop 05-05-2018

El Dorado High School ceramics teacher Jeff Picou and his students .

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Shinos, shinos and more shinos…

Here are 72 shinos from 100 shino tests performed years ago and updated to this page.

72 Shinos

steve davis carbon trap orange-b malcolm davis carbon trap-c tom coleman crab claw-c

 

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Kazegama Workshop 3-17-2018

Great workshop with great folks and great results at Aardvark Clay & Supplies.

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Komakigama

When I was 17 years old, way back in 1974, my first introduction to ceramics were Shigaraki jars that were wood-fired and made with clays ladened with decomposed granite.  Read more here..

 

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The Deep Stillness of a Raku Tea Bowl | Nippon.com

Black Raku chawan, or tea bowls, are currently gaining global attention. The founder of the Raku family of potters created this implement at the request of Sen no Rikyū, who elevated the Japanese tea ceremony to entirely new levels of refinement. What is the allure of these tea bowls that crosses national borders? We asked Raku Kichizaemon XV, the current head of the Raku family, about their appeal.

Source: The Deep Stillness of a Raku Tea Bowl | Nippon.com

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Kazegama Workshop – Oct. 15, 2016

Kaz Ota introducing lemon wood ash from an Akagama wood firing and Jamie Boran blowing out the burners and ports at Aardvark Clay & Supplies. Continue reading

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Micro Mondays: Crystals of Color | NCECA Blog

Have you ever wondered what causes “flashing” colors on bare clay in atmospheric (e.g. wood, salt or soda) firings?

Source: Micro Mondays: Crystals of Color | NCECA Blog

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Kazegama rebuild test firing

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Pots from Feb 3 2016 Stanford Kazegama firing

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Firing was 6 hours in neutral/oxidation to reach cone 9, then ash introduced gradually over the course of a 3 hour reduction soak dropping cones 10/11.  Firing ended with a 3 hour reduction cool down to about 1850F.

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