Electric Soda Kiln

 Jared Zehmer's studio in Seagrove, NC.

Jared Zehmer's studio in Seagrove, NC.

So the name for this blog post is partially misleading.  The nature of this converted electric kiln, constructed and fired by Jared Zehmer, is fairly simple and straight forward.  With experimentation and a few tests, this transformed electric kiln yields some pretty amazing results!  Jared has converted several old electric kilns into gas fired reduction kilns.  One was of particular interest to me, his soda kiln.  Over the years, he's collected and experimented with various electric kiln "shells" (basically just the body of the kiln--no actual electrical components, elements and all removed) and played around with various kit burner systems, sizes, and placements to mimic reduction firing but on a smaller more manageable scale.  He's attempted this kind of firing with the introduction of soda once before and invited me and other soda enthusiasts;  STARworks resident artists Katie Maloney and Christina Bendo to join him in firing his "electric soda".  I've documented the process below.  I'm pleased with the results of the firing and I hope to fire this kind of kiln again.  I'm even considering making one for myself considering how quick of a turnover this firing process has! Thanks for the invitation to fire, Jarad!

Results from "electric soda" firing. February 2017. This gem glistened!