Monday, May 19, 2008

Reduction Cooling

We decided to reduction cool the spring firing. I have done this before and have gotten nice clay body color and also very nice ash color.
The kiln was first all shut down and silled up with one side stoke left to stoke into. Lee took the first shift and stoked a few pieces of wood into the kiln every ten to fifteen minutes to keep the atmosphere smoky and reducing. I took the second shift and continued until the temperature was at about 1600F. This took about six hours. Now we wait and see how the pots look... sometimes the hardest part!

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