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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Mid-Winter Firing

This mid-winter firing was a chance for me to roll out the new Barium Blue glaze that I had been testing in the last 2 firings. So I’ve tried it…

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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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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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