PORCELAIN

I have made work in porcelain in modest quantity for my entire career. Of late, it has emerged as one of my favorite mediums especially when fired in my soda/salt kiln. For those unfamiliar with the term, soda/salt means a high temperature kiln where both sodium (soda ash in water) is sprayed in and sodium (rock salt) are introduced into the firebox of the kiln at 2340 degrees.


The resulting kiln interior atmospheric chemistry alters both clay and glazes in profound ways that are compelling and appealing to me. Though the numbers of ware I make yearly are still higher for stoneware (both in normal reduction firing and soda/salt firings) my heart is very powerfully attracted to the porcelain works from my newest kiln, a 55 cubic capacity kiln built with resident artist Melissa Vaughn in 2003

Some 80% of the work I do in porcelain is fired in soda/salt, while the remainder is fired in reduction firings.

One of the characteristics that I feel distinguishes the ware from the new kiln is that is has an added vibrancy and color complexity often enriched with random crystalline and unusual textural complexities.



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