The firing takes place in a four chambered climbing
wood-fuled kiln. Between 30 to 40 hours are required to complete
the firing process. The pieces that are placed nearest the flame
source accumulate layers of ashes from the burning wood. The
ashes melt into a natural glaze as the temperature reaches its
maximum. Additional color is achieved as the flames go past
and through the forms, drawing oxides and impurities to the
surface of the clay. I enjoy seeing the effects of the fire
and flamed recorded on the surface of the form. This is how
the living fire leaves it's signature on my work.
The kiln is of original design and construction.
The wood used as fuel is a free bi-product of a local recycling
industry. I strive to keep the process as low tech as feasible
without sacrificing the quality of the final result.