Monday, March 16, 2009

Three Days of Soda

What a great way to spend the weekend. The Soda workshop with Chris Baskin at Mt. Hood Community College wrapped up this past weekend. It was 3 days of learning about soda firing and it was a great experience. Friday we spent glazing our work and loading the kiln. And thanks to Chris, we were able to go home and catch some shut eye before returning on Saturday to fire and introduce soda into the kiln. It was a learning process for most involved and so we were all hands on. During the down times on Saturday, conversation and discussion fueled the kiln yard. There is something to be said about sitting around a firing kiln, a chill in the air, at times downpours of rain and such inspiring and informative conversation. What a great group to spend the weekend together, firing and learning. Sunday evening brought the big reveal and I think everyone was quite pleased with the results. We found that we got a bit more reduction in the kiln and the effects from the soda varied from a light touch to very heavy. Our slips flashed, our glazes were luscious and I think everyone took home a few gems to add to their collections. You be the judge, let me know what you think of our results. I've included a few photos from throughout the workshop as well as from the opening.

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