Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Firing the Olsen Cross Draught Kiln at Guldagergaard

The giant Olsen Cross Draught Kiln, also known as "Embla", is a special kiln to be a part of the firing crew for: it holds so much (up to 1500 pieces) and as it has two fireboxes and a side-stoke hole there are plenty of places to fill on each firing shift. I was one of the group who fired it in the first week of April, 2019.

Work glazed and wadded

11 women and three men in the group
The kiln
Wood preparation

Pots go to the photographer

10 bowls, pinched porcelain, wood-fired
I took a group of bowls into Frederiksberg to be photographed by Ole Akhøj. He has been photographing my work for more than 20 years.
Other work of mine photographed by Ole can be seen here, also here  and here.
These 10 bowls were all made in my studio in Denmark, but 4 of them were fired in Donovan Palmquist's kiln in Eureka, Minnesota in March 2019, while the other 6 were fired in the Olsen Cross Draught kiln at Guldagergaard in early April 2019.

Monday, 15 April 2019

NCECA Pre-Conference firing at Eureka Pots, Minnesota

Donovan Palmquist

Glazing outside

The kiln 
Two-chambered downdraught with Bourrybox fire boxes for each chamber.
Jack Troy mixing a tenmoku glaze, using black iron oxide
Donovan had been given a large portion of black iron oxide by Warren Mckenzie

Colleen Riley held a session on her methods of surface decoration 

Pots on Colleen's table
This workshop was, in retrospect, one of the most inspiring happenings of the pre-conference. It opened up so many ideas as to how to achieve a more colourful and exciting surface in the wood kiln.

Preparing for two wood-firings

Making loads of pots in preparation for two up-coming firings: the first all the way over the Atlantic - NCECA pre-Conference wood firing with Jack Troy at "Eureka Pots", Donovan Palmquist's studio outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I return to Denmark on the 2nd April and go to Guldagergaard the day after to get some pots in a firing of the Fred Olsen Cross Draught kiln.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Two Open Studio Days held

I held two open days on the 24th November and 1st December this year. Very successful as to sales and contacts made.

Small celadon vase in the kiln
Lovely shino cups
Some surprising greens...

Shelves full of mugs

Wood-fired face jugs sold out at the first Open Studio day
So I made more for the next - not wood-fired - none sold!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Open Studio - two Saturdays

I have just had the first of two Open Studio days, the next one is on the 1st December from 1pm til 5pm. I sold out of jugs so am making more this week - they will, however, not be wood-fired as the first batch were!
Here are some photos from last week's firing, in the kiln known as "Small Speedy" at Guldagergaard.
Kiln packed

Door opened

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Bowls in London

These wood-fired bowls are now available at "Contemporary Ceramics", 63 Great Russell Street, London WC1

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Pit firing in Shijiezi village, Gansu Province, China

Pots and some clay was brought by train from Lanzhou

We were driven to the village by taxi

A poster with the day's program hung in the village

Jin Le's father 

Jin Le, Professor of Sculpture and mayor of the village, with his father

Clay had been prepared
Holes were dug and edged with bricks
Pots ready to be placed in the pit

Pots had been bisque fired beforehand

Fong lighting his pit fire
Pots laid between grass and wood
Keaton Wynn gathering firewood
Fire lit

The fire catches
Lunch was served, some had bowls made last year from local clay
Pinchpot workshop
Jin Le's father making a pinch pot
The fire covered and left to burn down overnight
Recent wall carving in the village

Back to Lanzhou by high-speed train