Sunday, December 2, 2012

Getting ready to wood-fire.....

MaryAnn Carroll
My husband Bill Perrine is the wood-firing expert. I am the lucky wife that gets the rare opportunity to regularly  include beads in those firings. My beads are getting bisque fired today in my little electric kiln so that I can get them glazed in time for Thursday. He's been busy glazing his various functional creations in time for the holidays. Hopefully, by next Sunday, there will be some new beautiful pictures to share.

These are waiting for glaze....

Bill, recently retired, changed the style of his kiln to offer more room, as well as an easier method of loading it. There are additional technical reasons for the change, but I'm not educated enough about the process to explain that.

Here is the rebuilt kiln before the action started.

Below is the opening of the first firing in the re-built kiln. The pieces inside consisted of numerous artists who wanted to be a part of this firing. I was unable to get organized enough to get any beads in......

So.... as you can see, there is something VERY unique about this kind of firing. I feel very fortunate to be able to be a part of the experience. Hopefully, this time next week, I will have all kinds of colorful pictures to share!

As always, thank-you for supporting those who create handmade with handmade.


To see more about wood-firing, check out more from Bill -

I have a small selection of wood-fired beads at


Erin Keane said...

AWESOME! What a nice setup! I worked at a pottery studio for several summers when I was a teacher and their kiln looked similar to this one. You ARE lucky--lucky that two creative partners found one another :)

Can't wait to see the beads!
hugs, Erin

Julie said...

Incredible! Love the setup and the wonderful artwork that comes out of it!

supere67 said...

You know I can't wait !!

Kelli said...

............ooooh the anticipation!!! I SO wish I lived closer so I could see this in action and have the magical, masterful, marvelous Bill fire a piece for me!!! :o)

Can't wait to see the outcome!!

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