Photo courtesy of my friend and fellow potter, Heather Gwinn
Welcome to my website. Here you will find information about wood firing pottery, pictures of the process, a gallery of my work, and a link to buy my pots. All of my pottery is food safe as well as microwave and dishwasher safe.
What's the big deal about "wood firing"?
Many potters heat their kilns with electricity, gas, oil, or other heat sources. These are great ways to fire pottery, especially because they can be controlled easily and they are reproducible.
A woodfired kiln is much less predictable, but the combustion gases and ash from the wood do some really neat things for the potter. The kiln gets so hot (I fire to about 2370 F) that the wood ash melts and forms a glass on the pot!
Look at this pot to the right: NO glaze was applied to the outside of the pot. That toasty color and glaze look is entirely from smoke, fire, and melted ash impacting the pot on their way from the firebox through the "ware chamber", to the chimney. Because one side of the pot faces the fire and the other faces away, there is a great variation from one side to the other. Sometimes you can even see "shadows" from the pots that were "upstream"- leaving a permanent mark and telling the story of how it was fired.
Here's the other side of the same jar. Less shine, less effect- this is the side that faced away from the fire. You can also see some of that "shadowing" effect that I mentioned earlier.
Sidestoke.com- woodfiring, kiln design.
Wiley Hill Mudworks: Buy my pots
Clayart archives: search for ANY pottery qustions
Jeff Brown Pottery
Dave Melnick Pottery
New Hampshire Potter's Guild