This last woodfiring at Tye River Pottery (Kevin Crowe's kiln) was bittersweet. Others have written about it more eloquently, but as this was the first woodkiln I was ever involved with firing, the fact that the current three-chamber kiln is in the process of being torn down and rebuilt as a one-chamber kiln meant that the May firing was a bit more sentimental and special than those over the last few years since I joined the crew. So good to see so many good friends and reconnect. And the pots were an added bonus. I am going to miss the Salt chamber.
I'm much delayed in posting pots from the Spring 2014 firing at Tye River Pottery - heading across the globe to Hong Kong for two months just days after unloading the kiln put me behind schedule. Photos are below.
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Without further ado...
By all accounts, the fall firing this year was a huge success. Here are a few images of the pots I got from the kiln. Thanks to Kevin and the rest of the crew for a phenomenal time - even though I was in the midst of recuperating from LASIK.
A selection of the below pots is currently available in my Etsy store.
This afternoon, I'll be heading down to Tye River Pottery to glaze and wad pots for the kiln. This will be my third full-firing experience, and the fourth time I'll have pots in the kiln. Again, I'm using clay I'm unfamiliar with, but this time, it's primarily a clay that has experienced great results in the kiln - a mixture of one-third Soldate 60 and two-thirds B-Mix Wood that Kevin himself uses for many of his pots. We're also doing a longer firing than past years, which will hopefully lay good ash down on the pots.
I have no doubts that all will be well, even if something is damaged in transit. It will be a nice reprieve to spend the afternoon at Kevin's, as it always is, and a tantalizing taste of the way of life that waits for me during the firing. Good conversations, thoughtful work, and a warm bowl or two of tea will carry me through this day.