This beauty is shipping out today. We have been taking our local micaceous clay lately and adding a little more plasticity to it with some ball clays from the south east and a little bit of iron to flavor it up. #micaceous #wildclay #fryingpan #cookware #ceramics #cookwithclay #lecrueset #dutchoven #beanpot #newmexico #craft #pottery
I was able to see a lot of nice country and pick my adventure on the way to and from the firing. On the way there, I rode above the Colorado river near Fruita, Colorado and found some pow at Snowbird and Park City. I was able to drop off a large order at a new property that is opening up outside of Park City at @blueskyranch During the cooling we skied into a backcountry hut in the eastern Sierras. It was my first time in Yosemite and it was such a remarkable experience ripping corn around all the granite domes. On the way home, I decided to go check out #terminalcancercouloir in the Ruby Mountains outside Elko, Nevada and stop off on the other side of the highway on the Colorado Utah border to hit some smooth singletrack. It was an amazing trip and I am stoked to be back to start off summer with many more adventures and a wood and salt kiln rebuild. I will keep you posted.
Here are a few results from the firing. As you can see, we had great flame path. The kiln had melted ash everywhere except for a few pots right before the step up on side stoke mouse hole trough. A few pots tipped over in the throat because of extreme heat and warping. This would be a great place for shinos next time or building a checkerboard bag wall in the middle of the throat to regulate the heat; However, we had beautiful flame path all over the kiln and plenty of melted ash. The modifications we made for successive firing was to eextend the primary ports further into the kiln 18” to burn more fuel effectively and to lessen the rise in the back of the kiln by raising thanks floor 9” over 4 feet and pulling 4.5” off the back step. A rear checkered bagwall might be effective to keep heat in the kiln as well.
The firing went close to 115 hours. Great results. We made a slow ride to body, 010-08 to try and heat the kiln evenly, did body reduction through the night and had a typical stall around cone 6. It took over 24 hours to bring the back to the same temp as the front. Then we slowly brought up both the front and back of the kiln together teetering off two different ideas, keeping the flame to the back of the kiln through patient long cycles and bringing the front up by opening up the primary and stoking with pine. We stoked with pine almond and black walnut. The hardwoods helped raised the back but built up coal bed in the front so we would integrate. We pulled the damper and used our stoking rhythm to reduce. Initially we had some cobwebbing when the coal bed was too high so, we maintained an even coal bed right above the grate. Our final stoke was large and trying to follow a peak in the front to melt all residual ash we decided to down fire through the night with the whole crew. Exhausted the kiln was done In the dawn and we retired to bed satisfied. A ski trip into eastern Yosemite was in store for the cooling. #anagama #woodfired #ceramics #woodfiring #downfiring #clay #craft
Here is a view of the stacking in the Snow Mountain Anagama. There were 5 stacks, three in the throat, one one the back step, one over the side stoke port (we eliminated the side stoke) and then the front stack. We put additional pots on the sides of the stoking chamber. This was the most pots the kiln had ever seen. We stacked fairly tight in the throat instead of putting in a checkerboard bagwall. The back shelves were tight on top and loose in the bottom, the front was stacked tight. With a four man crew we decided to do 8 hour shifts with 2 hour overlap on either end. #anagama #woodfirepottery #woodfired #ceramics #wildclay #nevadawoodkiln #craft #kiln
View from my bedroom window to the stack....I was on the graveyard shift so the sunrise became familiar over the course of the week. Amazing to fire in a new place and become acquainted to all the different birds that were awaking to a new day in a different part of the country. The kiln would crackle and lift as the sun came up and I would ride the set. I love the dawn.....firing a new kiln.
I wanted to share my journey from the last couple weeks. My apprentices @wildryepottery and @mike.epperly.ceramics , who will be leaving me in the next month to continue their path, traveled to Reno, Nevada with me to load and fire the Snow Mountain Kiln. The kiln was built around 2010 by John Bradford and this was the 11th firing. I am back in Taos now but, I wanted to share images of the loading, firing, unload and all the adventures in between. On the way out and back I was able to check a few things off the bucket list such as, ripping single track in Fruita, skiing the Ruby mountains outside Elko, Nevada, and touring into Toulamne Meadows in the Yosemite backcountry off the Eastern Sierra. It was an incredible trip and I look forward to sharing these moments as well as how we fired and loaded the Snow Mountain Anagama to get such beautiful pots over the next few weeks.
We are headed down to Santa Fe to #elreyinn for a first Friday pop up. Come by for a drink at #lareina and go home with a #beltbuckle or #woodfired #cup.
Proud to be a featured artisan at New Mexico’s premier craft show this Fall and next Spring. Make sure to visit their website and pencil in the dates to find some of New Mexico’s best contemporary makers in one spot.
Some days I work really hard. #espresso #cups #ceramics #clay #handmade
Often times I will take a cup on my adventures. This one traveled by helicopter to the glaciers of the Adamant range in British Columbia. I used it every evening and every morning and developed a relationship and an appreciation for it’s subtleties. Now it carries all the memories of those good times and hard laughs. It is more than an object but a reflection into an experience each time I use it. #billputnamhut #fairymeadowscup #woodfiredpottery #woodfiredpottery #newmexicoartist #sodafiredpottery #ceramics #cup #rocksglass #handmade #clay