The truth is that there is quite a process that goes into wood-firing. The first part of the process is the same for all ceramic artists who use a wheel and fire with methods such as electric or gas. You start off with clay...... and a wheel....
Then, a few steps follow.... like skill, knowledge, artistry, practice, more practice and more practice, until you get it just right. Nothing can replace the time to perfect an art like practice.
|This is Bill at a recent "throwing" event near our home.|
|A leather hard bowl that has been trimmed.|
|This is one shelf prepared for a bisque firing inside of the electric kiln. Typically, 4-5 shelves similar to this are stacked.|
|A grouping ready to be removed for glazing.|
After they are bisque fired, it's time for the glazing....
As you see, he has a little of the female appeal going as strongly encouraged by me....
This group shows the wadding on the bottom of some pieces. I will explain that more when I post Part II of the process.
Look at the picture below. Do you see where the arrow is pointing? That is one small rack of my beads. You might be able to see why wood-fired beads are rare. These kilns are not built for beads and most who go through the labor of building a wood-fire kiln are doing so for the love of this form of pottery making, as well as for larger works of art.
Bill is preparing for another firing now. I will keep you posted for the 2nd half of the process. It's even more involved that the first half. You can learn a little more in advance by visiting his website and/or his shop.
Here are some beads from some past firings.
Thanks so much for reading and for supporting artists who create handmade with handmade.