Since completing my residency at the North Carolina Pottery Center last summer, I've found excuses to go south again and again. This last trip down to the Pottery Capitol was to fire my best potter friend's gas/salt kiln. You've heard mention of him before on my IG, Facebook, most recently in my shop, and now I'll introduce him on my blog! He's deserving of his own blog post, but for now, I'll introduce him in this post.
The shop in Carlisle is full of fresh pots thanks to Chad's invitation to come down and fire again. Chad built the gas/salt kiln when he was in his mid-twenties during his transition from production pottery to his own pottery. He's fired this kiln nearly 100+ times and knows it like the back of his hand!
I've learned a lot from Chad after firing with him several times--not just this kiln, but even the groundhog and the noborigama at the Pottery Center. He's taught me that firing kilns is more than just achieving a goal temperature. You have to be able to read the kiln, the flame, the cones, the gas or wood for each and every firing. Once you know what you're looking at or how the kiln is reacting, you can make the necessary adjustments to bring about the desired effects on the pots being fired. Once you understand this, you can fire just about any kiln.
Thank you, Chad, for all that you've taught me and continue to teach me! Can't wait to fire again soon!
And that's all the preview of pots you'll get!! You can find Chad's work in many places including my Carlisle shop, the North Carolina Pottery Center and online. Pop by for a visit to see more!