First firing of the January 2016 Kazegama rebuild

Sign up for Aardvark Clay Kazegama Workshops – 2020

February 22-23   &   March 21-22

Workshop Preparation

You need to prepare around twelve pieces for the firing. All cone 10 clay bodies, glazes, and slips used in wood firing are excellent for the Kazegama. I like using Aardvark Clay’s Woodfire and Nara Porcelain. Flashing slips greatly enhance this firing process and are highly recommended. Glazing should be limited to the inside of vessels since the outside surface of the vessels need to interact with the ash.

The whole point of atmospheric firings of any kind, (salt, soda, and wood), is the interaction with the clay surface; in this case the interaction with blown wood ash. Wadding is used to support the pieces in the kiln, so design feet and lids to accommodate the wadding. Most pieces should be 8 inches in height or less. Please do not bring large pieces or plates for they take up too much shelf space. All pieces must be bisque fired and glazed prior to Saturday’s firing.

Workshop Activities

The kiln is loaded from 8:00am – noon. As the kiln is candling, we brake for lunch. Following lunch while the kiln is firing, Steve will be demonstrating his approach to clay and students will be involved in some hands-on activities such as hand building and construction of metal ribs.

If you have any questions, you can reach Steve Davis at 949-300-1508 or via e-mail at

Flashing Slips  – Mix with water to a thin pancake batter consistency and apply by brush or dipping as soon as possible on greenware. A thin coat can be sprayed onto bisque ware.

Johnson Flashing Slip       EPK – 10, Grolleg – 50, Newman Red – 10, Nepheline Syenite – 30

Simon Tile #6 Slip

Simon Tile #6 Slip       Grolleg – 15, Tile #6 – 70, Nepheline Syenite – 10, Silica – 5, Bentonite – 1

Oestreich White-235

Oestreich White       EPK – 40, G-200 – 15, Silica – 15, Taylor Ball – 30

Oestreich Green/Black/Red

Oestreich Green/Black/Red       EPK – 40, G-200 – 15, Silica – 15, Taylor Ball – 30, Copper Carb – 6

Fake Avery 2002

Fake Avery 2002       McNamee Kaolin – 70, IMCO 800 – 5, Nepheline Syenite – 25

Fake Avery 4

Fake Avery 4       EPK – 20, Grolleg – 30, Calcined Kaolin – 30, Nepheline Syenite – 20

Fake Avery 5

Fake Avery 5       EPK – 43, Calcined Kaolin – 30, Newman Red – 3, Nepheline Syenite – 24

3-3-3-1 Orange Flash       EPK – 30, Grolleg – 30, Nepheline Syenite – 30, Carbondale Red – 10

Long / Rosselow Butter Yellow       Grolleg – 80, Borax – 10, Zircopax – 10, Titanium Dioxide – 8

Wadding mix: Equal weights of Alumina Hydrate, Hawthorn Bond and Grog 10×18.



3-3-3-1 Flashing Slip on Aardvark Clay’s Woodfire body.


3-3-3-1 flashing slips on porcelain cups, pitchers, and teapots by Dorothee Morse. Liner glaze is Aardvark Clay’s Amber Celadon, CQ-109.


Steve Davis teapots with 3-3-3-1 flashing slip on Aardvark Clay’s Wood Fire clay body.


1/3 Copper Carb, 1/3 Soda Ash, 1/3 Wood Ash blown onto the surface of this jar at cone 8, then fired for 10 minutes before terminating the firing.

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