This is the kiln at the art center. Its not huge, but a good size for a small low production group. For the curious, its a Skutt KM 1027, probably 14 years old now. We've got an 'Envirovent' on it that draws air in through the top, then exhausts it out the bottom, through a dryer vent hose and out a hole in the wall. This cuts way down on the fumes exhausted into the kiln room, and eliminates the need to prop open the kiln lid in the first 1000 degrees F. I highly recommend this or something similar if you don't have a dedicated kiln room you can stink up every time you fire. Its empty in the picture!
Here you can see the top of a load of bisque fired pottery. The color you see on some of the pieces is slip and underglaze, and there are several different types of clay being used. This work is from 4 of the other mudslingers.
Here I've removed the uppermost shelf and the big pot so you can see the shelf just below. The bear head was poking out from under the shelf into the space between the two big pots because it was just too tall. You notice I've stacked some pieces, in a bisque firing the clay does expand and contract, but it won't stick unless someone has used glaze. Generally a no-no, because the clay can contain some organic material that burns out early in the firing and causes problems with the glaze. The few pieces we've done that did have some were no issue so far, so... *shrug* Another artist's work here, so we're up to 5 peeps work in this load so far.
Ah, here's some of my stuff, tiles and trays, plus a few pieces from two other artists. So, now we're up to 7 artists in this firing. Again, there are several clays, the dark brown is one clay, the tiles (quick, count!) are 4 different clays. The dark teapot in the previous photo is the same clay as the dark stopper here. The red and blue are underglazes.
Bottom layer! My orchid pots, orchid pots from another artist, plus a mix of other pieces. 5 artists in this level, so we're up to a total of 9 artists in this firing! The blue is underglaze, and there are a couple different clays.
My haul from this load! Now I've got a bunch of glazing to do! Mmmm, not my favorite part of the process, but eh, oh well! :)
Clay has always fascinated me, its many colors and textures, the shapes you can create using it, even the feel of it squishing in my hand. Even after years of playing in the mud I find myself exploring new ideas and I hope my work shows this.