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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Spring Firing

Despite a wet week leading up to the firing and a wood issue that was resolved at the last minute by Laurie, the firing turned out to be very successful.…

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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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Firing 5 May 2018

This firing is best described as a bowl firing; full of pasta, noodle, batter, tea and mixing bowls, with beakers, mugs and tea caddies making up the remainder. Loading and…

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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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