Fresh from the kiln

Firing is always an uncertain moment in ceramics when extreme forces transform - or destroy - the previous month's work.

This month it was more uncertain than usual with a new glaze as well as several new forms to be fired for the first time. I fire to 1260 degrees C, and at that temperature the clay moves and shrinks as well as vitrifying. This puts a lot of pressures on the clay and it can warp or crack.

There were some minor disasters this time round, and some adjustments to be made as a result, but overall I am pleased with the results. Here's a small selection of the new stock for you to see.