May 7-8, 2016
On a sunny May weekend we gathered at Karen’s place for two days of hands-on atmospheric firings. Karen built a pit kiln especially for this occasion and each potter came with bisqued pots ready to go. Four different firing techniques were done on Saturday, and two on Sunday. We also unloaded the pit and sawdust kilns on Sunday.
Jeanette brought twenty-five years of experience and know-how to this workshop, which she generously shared. She led us through an ambitious program, including a demonstration in ferric chloride application, one of her specialties. There was plenty of hands on learning, and each participant achieved good results on their pieces.
We all came away excited by the weekend, and eager to try these firings again in the future.
First firing for this pit kiln.
We loaded three kilns for our sawdust firing.
Tin Foil Sagger
This was an exciting firing with instant gratification for everyone.
A new firing for our group. Hot pots were dipped into a brew of yeast and flour, then set to cool.
Riggs Naked Raku
The most complex firing of the weekend.
Horse Hair Firing
Hair from the horses tail is ideal for this technique. Its coarse and loaded with oil.
In Memory Of Jeanette
Post Script: Sadly this was Jeanette Moore’s last workshop. She passed away a couple of months later after moving to Prince George.
The guild feels fortunate to have received so much from Jeanette. She passed on her knowledge and love of atmospheric firings with joy and enthusiasm.