First Firing for 2020

I’ve been waiting for the weather to change, for the endless dry to give in and let come rain through. But at the same time I needed pots fired, so…

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Kiln building in Dunedin

About the time I was finishing off the rebuilding of Petra’s kiln last year an email arrived from the Otago Potters Group asking if I would head south and build…

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Petra’s kiln re-build

Three years ago I was commissioned by Petra to build her a new diesel fired salt kiln. Based on a simple opposing jet burner layout and tall enough that it…

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The Soft Firing

For this firing I was using more of my new flashing slip, now called Karangahake Flashing, testing it on more pieces to see how it performed in different places in…

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The intricate art of kiln loading

Stacking a wood kiln is a bit like playing chess, I’m constantly thinking many moves ahead - or in the case of the kiln - shelves ahead. Remembering where the…

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February Firing

It was good to get the year underway with making a batch of pots and pushing them through the wood kiln. I am continuing my experiments with flashing slips over…

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