Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ash Glaze in Electric Kiln

Here are some of the test results from the ash glazes.  I used the same base glaze on nine of the tests and overlapped the ash glaze on top.  Some of the results are pretty yummy.  Originally, I learned to fire my work in a cone 10 reduction gas kiln.  When I finally got my own studio together I just did not have the money or the physical energy to build a reduction fired kiln so I went electric.  I now fire cone 10 electric.  Wow, one the most difficult things I had to let go of was the flame.  The flame whipping around in the fire chamber of a kiln is so much of the magic that caused me to become a ceramic artist.  Centering the clay and working with the flame became my muse. 
In graduate school in 1995 at KSU, Kirk Mangus gave me six pages of notes from his time at Chester Springs Studio in 1991.  Most of the glaze recipes I tested this round came from his notes.

Concept to Creation
Theresa Yondo


madpotter1 said...

Beautiful things there!

Theresa Yondo said...

Thanks madpotter1!

FetishGhost said...

I feel like I'm in a 12 step program trying to kick the fire... love the test tiles.

Theresa Yondo said...

Thanks and nice to hear from you. I have a kiln cooling today with two tests using ash glaze. I hope they are worth posting.