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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanks class!!!

I thought the chest below looked like the temmoku glaze on my bowls! Hopefully I'll get some pics soon.

First of all a great big THANKS! to my class at the Artscenter today!! You guys are the best, thanks for the laughter and the constant chatter, the stories and photos of your kids, the brownies you made us and the oatmeal cookies (Charlotte send the recipe and I will post it on my blog!). Sorry we didn't get to fire today, but I have my fingers crossed for next week. Today just made me realize how great the community at the Artscenter really is and how happy everyone is in the pottery studio. It's so great to hear so many girls laughing out loud! Believe me I needed this after the week I have had. We are thinking about a field trip to Seagrove as a class, hope we can work that out in the next couple of weeks. Maybe all van down to the Celebration of Seagrove Potters. That would be fun!
This cup is my favorite piece from the firing. I shot it quick and dirty without setting up lights and stuff so it looks better in person than in the photo. Temmoku definitely needs Gerry's technical lighting skills and not mine, hopefully we can shoot some stuff soon. But he is in the middle of shooting ACC basketball right now.
PS: for Mike- the firing schedule I used was this: I warmed up the kiln from 7am -11am, then climbed 150c to 08 then started a heavy reduction for one hour. Then climbed 150c per hour to ^9 ( I probably went a little faster towards the end) and reduced heavy again then dampered in at 1305c and cut the gas back a bit, soaked at this temp for 30 minutes. The burner ports were closed to about 1/4" and the chimney ports were dampered a little over 1/2 way and I adjusted as needed. Just look for emerald green flame and you are rocking. Also, you will smell the reduction as soon as it starts. Hope this helps!

8 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

Looks like a very nice temmoku, Tracey. Good reduction, nice breaking on the high points. Very nice.

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Thanks Hollis!!

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Hollis I hit the publish button before I finished typing, distractions all around! Anyway, thanks for your comment, it means a lot coming from you, considering the amazing temmoku pieces I have seen of yours! Besides my turquoise Raku glaze this is the first glaze I have been really really excited about.

Hollis Engley said...

It's lovely, Tracey. It can be a little hard to sell sometimes, but I've managed to find buyers for mine.

jbf said...

I agree with Hollis --everything is working there. Beautiful.

Susan said...

Yummy temmoku! My fave out of my wood firing too!

Linda Starr said...

that is one beautiful cup, just love it and thanks for the description of your firing.

Judy Shreve said...

That is such a stellar mug -- form & glaze --
And what a great group of students you must have!