the last firing with the kiln like this

nearly the end of September and it starts to be dark before the firing has finished, and I suppose soon, when I light the kiln too. the apple trees are loaded down with fruit, I shall have to set up my apple store in the pot store again – a trestle table so that the mice can’t climb onto it.


I have spent two weeks making more pots to fill the gaps on the shelves, and most of them went into this firing. not the enormous ones though, I am waiting to replace the arch, which will give me another inch of height.


a thin coat of black iron oxide, making it as dribbly as possible …

glazed pot

a double dip of slip and a double dip of glaze. I seem to have got the right combination now, there was nothing threatening to crack and fall off. it does take two days, because I can’t handle them to glaze until the slip has dried, and the second dip of both stages has to wait until the first dip is dry enough to hold the pot. of course I could do it the other way round, dip the bottom first, and then I could hold it by the clean part of the foot … you always need to catch hold of the body of the pot though, to steady it, or to get it the right way up again …


safely packed though very wet – I always worry that I have done something wrong.


lit the next morning ( Friday) at about six am, and starting to reduce by one pm


nice and sooty! I had the pressure a fraction higher, which made it faster, even though the reduction was heavy.


off after reaching 1269C at eight pm.


almost two days to cool down – I opened it at four pm on Sunday.


you can see from the cones that it was hotter, cone ten is right over and eleven starting. also the clay they were set in is nice and toasty from the reduction.


lots of nice blue chun droplets.

small pots

and altogether fourteen small pots with successful glazing, six medium sized, and one large one.

top of big pot

the large one got a very thin dip of slip on its top half, allowing the oxide to show through

1 black ice flagon 50 x 23 cm

this is made with the pink grogged stoneware, which I haven’t treated with the oxide before – it gives it more intensity.

9 frozen lace bottle 19 x 11 cm

I think this might have crawled so much because I glazed it for the last firing and there wasn’t room, so it has been sitting around for a month. it is one of the old impressed bottles I made last year. the glaze is a little fragile on this one, so I have called it frozen lace.

8 meander black ice bottle 16 x 14cm

there are two pots in this firing with this meander pattern, I like it very much,

lareg meander

so much so that I had to quickly make another extra large piece so that I could draw the meander pattern on that too.

20 black ice flagon with combing 17 x 12 cm

combing, on terracotta crank, which works a treat. the pots made with this clay stuck ever so slightly to the battwash on the shelf – 1269 is a bit hot for terracotta crank! lovely and dark though.

12 black ice bottle with blue bidori drops 20 x 13 cm

and there were lots of beautiful blue bidori droplets in this firing, on the smaller pieces.

altogether I was very pleased with it. you can see all the pieces here





  1. Hi Jane
    I just love the lace effect and the meander pattern and those intriguing bidori droplets which look like small stubby leglets on the last piece!
    I really would love to own one of your pieces, could you give me the rough height of of both of these – pictures 14 and 15 as you go down the blog page –
    many thanks

  2. Hi Biddy, thankyou! I am keeping the meander pattern one for the time being, as I need some good pieces to apply for a professional membership at the CPA
    all the sizes are in the pictures on the link, and on the facebook page too … the lace one is 20cm tall (8″)

  3. Yum!
    Great post, thanks for sharing your processes. Fantastic results, what an exciting thing it must be to open your kiln at the end of a firing. Is it the addition of the slip to the bisqued ware that causes the crawling?

  4. the slip is a crackle slip, so it opens up to some extent depending on how thick it is. then the thicker the glaze the more crawling you get. the oxide makes it worse/better šŸ™‚

  5. …the pieces from this firing are amazing! you are a brilliant artist and have inspired me so much, thank you for sharing. i can’t wait to get my hands back in clay and experiment!

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