Category Archives: Kilns and firings

First pots to be fired in Bedford

Yesterday afternoon I stopped by the local school who have kindly allowed me fire my work in their kiln. This load includes around 16 slip trailed plates which I’ll be experimenting with amber and honey glazes. I’m stopping by again … Continue reading

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Gnarly wood fired dish

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Yuletide hearth firing

We’re about to have our first fire at the cottage. We’ve got two fireplaces, one of which is a big inglenook with a huge grate – perfect for a Christmas experimental firing! The chimney sweep has been, the logs have … Continue reading

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Wood fired pots from Devon

At last month’s Open Studios, I was lucky enough to have a special delivery – Tim, a pottery friend I had met on Nic Collins’ wood firing course down in Devon, kindly delivered my pots that had been fired for … Continue reading

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Woodfiring in Devon

Given my love of woodfiring and the delicious results it achieves, I decided it was time to go on THE wood firing course, run by expert firer Nic Collins, down in Devon. Last month I ventured down to Moretonhampstead, not … Continue reading

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Why I love wood firing pottery

I’ve heard pottery firing techniques compared to cooking – it’s obvious that a meal cooked outdoors on an open fire is going to be far tastier than waiting for the microwave to ping. And such is true when firing pottery. … Continue reading

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Photos from May’s raku firing

As promised, here are a selection of pictures from the recent raku firing. The basis of the day was to test a number of raku glazes we had inherited. Now, with a selection of example pots, we’ll be abe to … Continue reading

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2011 – the summer of raku

I decided, along with my fellow Digswell Arts Trust potters that throughout the summer, every other Wednesday would be Raku Day. Committing ourselves to organising this type of firing twice a month will be a good way to get to … Continue reading

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Kiln Club April wood firing

I popped down to Farnham today to pick up my pots from the weekend’s wood firing. The Kiln Club arranges firings every couple of months at the University of the Creative Arts. It’s a fabulous way to experience wood firings, … Continue reading

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Sawdust and raku firing

To celebrate the arrival of spring, fellow potter Patrick and I decided to build our own make-shift sawdust kiln outside in the Farmhouse garden. Pat had obtained some firebricks and we had a couple of bags of sawdust left over … Continue reading

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My first wood fired pots

Back in October, I participated in my first ever wood firing organised by the Kiln Club. Lending a hand in the event allowed me to learn about the many considerations when packing the kiln and also the actual event of … Continue reading

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First solo stoneware firing

After the failed gas firing, I’d been feeling increasingly desperate as I’d not held a finished piece in my hands since the start of the summer. So last weekend I decided to take a risk and throw a few items … Continue reading

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December gas firing report

Pat and I arrived at Fairlands Farmhouse around eight o’ clock on a very frosty December morning, with fellow potter Marlene and her husband Mike not far behind. With the team assembled, the kiln was lit around nine o’ clock … Continue reading

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Preparing for a frosty gas firing

After months of organisation, biscuit firing and patience, the gas firing weekend finally arrived! I’ve been perhaps more excited than normal as I’ve not actually had any pieces finished since the start of the summer. I’ve been churning out many … Continue reading

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When things don’t go to plan

I was all set to speed down to Farnham on Saturday morning and collect my wood fired pots, but sadly this wasn’t to be. Apparently, due to much disparity in temperature within the kiln chamber, many of the pieces failed … Continue reading

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October wood firing

It was a chilly, damp start to the day as I walked to Kentish Town tube station on my way to the wood firing in Farnham. I was one of the lucky ones who had a lie in until 7am. … Continue reading

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Wood kiln packing

About ten days ago, I was lucky enough to be able to take a days holiday to lend a hand in packing a wood kiln down in Farnham at the University of Creative Arts as part of the Kiln Club. … Continue reading

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Many hands make light work

Last Saturday I ventured down to Farnham to lend a hand with wood chopping prep for the Kiln Club’s forthcoming wood firing. I arrived around 11am, and the team were already hard at work dismantling pallets, splitting trees and chopping … Continue reading

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Wood chopping in Farnham

I recently joined the Kiln Club based at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. The club organises a variety of different firings throughout the course of the year and invites members to participate in all aspects of … Continue reading

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Evening pottery class alternatives

I mentioned in my previous post that I’d decided not to enrol on my regular Pottery evening class. It’s something I’ve thought long and hard about, especially given the sorry state of pottery courses and recent axing of adult learning pottery … Continue reading

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