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In Salt Glazing, sodium is induced into the kiln at a high fire temperature.
The sodium vapors combine with the silica and alumina in the clay body forming a
glaze that coats everything in the kiln. The stacking of the pots in the kiln determines
the exposure to these vapors and the build-up of glaze on the pieces. Sometimes pieces are
"tumble stacked" with all pots touching in order to create flashings, interesting marks and
shadings. These pieces often have no additional glaze applied before firing and the body color
is the result of the firing process.
For the last 17 years I have been committed to the salt glazing process in which I am in partnership with the fire and the sodium vapors, and each piece I make is uniquely marked by the firing process. At every kiln opening I am filled with the excitement of anticipation and discovery.
Helmer Mug, 6" H
Vase, thrown, cut, and re-assembled
12"H x 6"W
Landscape Flower Arranger,
2"H x 9" diameter
Face Vase, thrown, cut, and re-assembled
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