Tomagama - UPDATED Unloading

I helped a friend out last week fire an anagama kiln on his property in Chino Valley. Tom Alward, Jonathan Cross and a few others got together to fire for 5 days with a reduction cool at the end of the firing. We were firing during a county wide fire ban in Arizona, but we called the Fire Marshall first. They came out and took a look at the kiln and gave us the green light to start the kiln. I took several photos of the loading and the firing. I'll post pictures of the unloading next week! Be sure to check back soon.

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Amazing Night Firing

It has been a little while since my last update this is because we are in the middle of a serious firing schedule. Don has a large retrospective show that will be coming up on May 4th 2012 at Belger Arts Center. So Don has been cranking out work left and right. With all the work that is being produced the work has to be fired. Since his show with Bentley Gallery that recently came down in January, we have been firing a wood kiln about once every week! We've also thrown in a few Salt kiln firings in there too. There has been a few times where we are firing a wood kiln and a salt kiln at the same time! Don's salt kiln is one of the loudest kilns I have really ever been around. (It was really nice when it had been going on for a few days and we get to turn it off, the silence was much appreciated) I did get a few shots of firing during my Midnight shift on March 3rd 2012. Below are a few photos from a night firing in March.

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July Woodkin

We fired a kiln last week, and had fantastic results. We got cone 11 down hard through out the kiln and cone 12 bending in front. Don's work had some amazing colors. Larry and I both had some newer forms in the kiln. I'm extremely happy on how my work turned out. I took some pictures of a few pieces, the rest will come later this week. UPDATE: Check out my ceramics portfolio to see images of my new work from the firing!

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