Busy 2020

2020 has been a VERY busy year for the kiln so far!

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A combination of outside hires of the kiln and very productive Signal ceramics classes has meant that I have been loading and unloading the kiln almost every week since the beginning of January! Lots of pieces to bisque fire …

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… and loads of pieces glazed! I love seeing all the vibrant colours as the finished pieces come out of the kiln.

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Although this large “frame” (below) cracked the student decided to fire it anyway and experiment with repairing it during the glazing stage. There is always a learning experience to be had!

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Lots of small pieces, cups, bowls, planters, soap dishes, boxes and decorative elements.

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Mixed in are also the lovely large pieces that ALL the students eventually start to make.

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This very large Advent candle holder is a very popular success with everyone who has seen it in person. The surface details that the simple glazing highlights are just perfect.

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We have also been experimenting with a simple printing technique to transfer images onto white clay using terracotta slip, with great results.

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James Hayes