Sunday, August 15, 2010

Meet my New Little Friend

A 17 cubic foot updraft gas kiln less than 100 yards from the studio's backdoor.

Steve Pate is letting me rent out this beauty to make a quick foray back into cone 10 reduction to add to this falls collection. 
Very cool! 
I initially started out as a gas burner at Arizona State University and reluctantly made the switch to electric 4 years ago. That change over made me realize that as I developed my sense of form and craftsmanship, I had to give special attention to developing my surfaces.
As my 7 year old says when we sit around talking about these things... Duh...
Well, ever since last springs 09 soda firing with Matt Brown, I've been chomping at the bit to get to try putting my surfaces back through atmospherics kilns. Time to revisit a first love... so here we go...

9 comments:

claydancer said...

Time to play! I love cone 10 reduction! Thanks for the comment on my tie dyes:)

TropiClay Studio said...

OOOOO! Looks like fun! Can't wait to see what comes out!

cookingwithgas said...

well you know we like this- we love cooking with gas- I am so excited for you!

Michael Mahan said...

Have fun.

Tracey Broome said...

I know that feeling well, wish I felt comfortable pushing my kiln to ^10 but I don't think it wants to go there, even though Olympic says it can.

Kari Weaver Hopkins said...

After all my gas firings in college, I, too, had to go to electric. Totally lucked out buying a house with a gas kiln. I haven't looked back. Enjoy!

Linda Starr said...

congrats on that kiln, I am so envious, I love reduction gas firings, some day again ....

Nu Kua said...

Enjoy!

Hollis Engley said...

That should be fun, Zyg. Happy to share glaze recipes, if you're looking for some.