A Successful Firing
Vic opened and unloaded the kiln this morning, and he was truly happy with the results of his work. I’ve been telling you a little about the process, but here you get to see the final results of our multiple firing and layered glaze techniques.
These are all stoneware vessels: jugs, vases, pitchers, and ginger jars. All have glossy interior surfaces which fuse with the clay and ensure food and beverage or water safety. In other words they won’t leak or allow liquids to cause bacterial invasion of the glazes.
Of course we always run a computer analysis of our glazes to ensure safety for our customers. However, with these beautiful multiple fired glazes, we can enjoy adding texture by fusing a reticulating glaze (that is a glaze that shrinks and dries leaving crevasses or fine spaces depending upon our application) with engobes and matt glazes that have already been fired onto the pieces at a lower temperature.
It does mean more firings than the usual two, a bisque and glaze being the norm. These pieces generally undergo at least two low temperature firings before being placed in the kiln at a higher glaze temperature firing.
I don’t have pictures of everything that came out of today’s kiln, but I can assure you that they make a visit to our Vancouver Island studio here in Ladysmith, BC well worth the time. With tourism season underway, we’re hoping to please quite a few new visitors this summer. It’s the perfect time to see the splendor of Vancouver Island with it’s wonderful botanic beauty… and perhaps time to purchase an amazing vase to fill with some of our flowers.