Here straight from the kiln are three vases that I'll be exhibiting at Art in Clay, Hatfield, from 3-5 July. Full details here. They are a selection of three of my current patterns: Parrot, Blue Arabesque, and Harlequin. I'll be showing vases, jugs, mugs and covered jars in these patterns. More pictures soon - I have more glazing and decorating to do and two kilns to fire before Hatfield.
Daphne Carnegy. After many years of experimentation, my firing cycle is fast to 700 deg. then 50 deg. an hour to maturity. I fire in an electric kiln with a computerized controller, but I check with cones (above left) because a pyrometer gives only a rough approximation of what's happening and there can be a significant difference in heat between the top and bottom of my large kiln. There's always a lot of fiddling with controls and vents at the end of the firing to make sure everything is perfect. (Of course, it never is, but that's what you have to aim for.) The colours are a mix of metal oxides and prepared ceramic stains. These are the colours I've used on these three vases:
- red - high temperature red
- yellow - Naples yellow + lemon yellow
- blue - cobalt + copper oxides
- turquoise - copper oxide + turquoise
- black - cobalt + manganese oxides.