I can get lost in the sumptuous surfaces of Gail Nichols’ soda fired work. The way she skillfully “paints” her pots through the firing process is fascinating and the results are breathtaking – from the rich dimpled textures to her trademark “soda ice” blue hues. Though I have never participated in a soda firing, it… Read More »
Soda firing has been touted as modern-day nontoxic replacement for salt firing. In the soda firing process, soda ash (sodium carbonate) in water solution, instead of salt, is sprayed into kiln at maturing temperature, and sodium vapor combines with silica in clay to form sodium-silicate glaze. In this section, ceramic artists will share the results of their experimentation with the soda firing process. You’ll find everything from firing schedules to glaze recipes, to beautiful examples of soda fired work. Plus, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of the Soda Firing Techniques, Tips and Soda Glaze Recipes, a directory of ceramics suppliers, plus reference material for the studio artist - professional or amateur, student or teacher.
Atmospheric firing is really exciting because you can continue to influence the surfaces of your pots all the way through the firing process. Plus there’s always an element of surprise when the kiln is unloaded. In today’s post, an excerpt from Soda, Clay, and Fire (which is now available for purchase as a download!), Gail… Read More »
I had the good fortune to be one of Matt Long’s students when he was in graduate school at Ohio University. Sadly, I only had one class with him because I happened to take it my last quarter. But I really identified with Matt’s philosophy on making pots and that is probably why clay has… Read More »
The vapor glazing techniques of salt and soda firing yield surfaces that are impossible to achieve in most other types of firing. And, the potter remains an active participant in the decorating process throughout the loading and the firing of the kiln. Plus, it is great for those who like to live on the edge… Read More »
Most potters don’t give much thought to kiln wash and just use the recipe they used when they first learned about firing kilns or grab whatever happens to be in the kiln wash bucket. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new free download, Soda Firing Techniques, Tips and Soda Glaze Recipes: A Collection of… Read More »
Today’s technique comes to us from ceramist Mark Bollwinkel of Los Altos, California. After reading Gail Nichols’ book and her article in by the same name, Mark and his potter friends decided to do some experimenting with soda firing in the wood kiln they fire together. Our firing group conducted an experiment to introduce… Read More »