The choice of a particular way of firing can influence dramatically the expressive options of the ceramic artist. In vapour glazing the essential transformation brought about by heat and vapours is seen as part of the creative process. This chemically energetic activity can produce varied and exceptional graduations of colour, texture, pattering and flashing in the clays, slips and glazes. It has been the appreciation of such effects that has inspired renewed interest in this firing methods.
A source of happiness for hundreds of pottery lovers, and especially for soda firing fans, after 15 glorious years of life the ancient soda firing kiln at La Meridiana was cremated –
to be born-again in glory: larger and more beautiful, through the hands and experience of Pietro who is shaping it brick by brick.
The main characteristics of this kiln will be high speed firing with 6 burners and rapid cooling through the use of cooling channels. Find more information about aspects of soda firing in our dedicated blog: http://internationalschoolofceramicart.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/vapour-glazing-notes-by-pietro-elia-maddalena/
The completion of the construction is scheduled for mid-September and the baptism will be held with a large number of relatives and friends on October 4th . Godfather of so much wonder will be Jayson Lawfer, ceramist, who is holding the first workshop that will culminate with a soda firing in the new kiln. A course for all, which addresses aspects of throwing, soda firing and conceptual approach of work. All interspersed with much discussion and wine. Don’t miss it!