Clay has a history reaching back thousands of years, and up until recently all of that clay was fired in the heat of a flame. With the advent of electric kilns, potters no longer had to tend the kiln for eight to ten hours; firing clay became as easy as pushing a button. There is nothing wrong with that, and people still get beautiful results from electric kilns; however, the interplay between the fire and clay is missing from the electric process. That interplay, that infernal caress, can create inconsistencies in the uniformity of the glaze; but sometimes, the little inconsistencies make the most beautiful moments.
These are some of my pieces from Keystone’s most recent gas kiln firing:
Untitled 12″x 7″ Ceramic and Shino Glaze, Cone 10
Untitled 13″x 9″ Ceramic and Glaze, Cone 10
Untitled 13.5″x 9″ Ceramic and Shino Glaze, Cone 10
Untitled 3.5″x 4.5″ Ceramic and Shino Glaze, Cone 10
Untitled 3.25″x 4.5″ Ceramic and Shino Glaze, Cone 10
Untitled 3.5″x 5″ Ceramic and Shino Glaze, Cone 10