The pots are loaded into the kiln where they will be fired to about 2000 degrees fahrenheit. The process is quick compared to other glaze fire methods. The kiln reaches temperature in about 30 minutes.
The pots here are glowing red hot and the surface is liquid. Now the fun begins!
The pots are removed from the kiln when they are glowing red hot and put into the reduction chambers (aka garbage cans!) with combustible materials like straw or paper.
Lots of smoke is produced but we put wet towels over the cans to try and keep it from becoming too bad.
The pots are taken from the garbage cans after about ten minutes. They are still very hot and we quench them in water to freeze the effects in place.
Look at all the student work! And this is only about half of what we completed.
There are some periods where we are waiting around for the pots to fire so we drag a couple of wheels outside so students can practice throwing on the wheel.