Sources of Inspiration: My Dad
Ps. My Dad builds really beautiful homes with stunning trim work. To see more pictures of the house he most recently built click on the pictures below or this link.
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Memories: In Places and Objects
In some ways home can be mobile... it’s wherever your with loved ones.
With that said, specific places are so filled with memories that that the will always have a special place in my heart. The grove in Maryland Is one of these memorable places. It’s where I had my first “real” job out of school, I met my husband there, and it was a place of peace and quiet for me.
I’m grateful for happy places and memories. Eating off my pottery also brings me down memory lane. It’s like dining with friends and mentors, and memories of different phases of my art career.
Reasons to Buy Handmade: CJ Niehaus
1. Soda Fire Artist: Tim Sherman
Anagama Soda Kiln
Reasons to Buy Handmade: Jim Champion
Interview: Deborah Schwartzkopf
Artists Who Used to Soda Fire
What attracted you to soda and salt firing?
"Seeing other people’s results. I wanted the variation that the introduction of soda offered. I was still learning to use glaze and this felt like the kiln was on my side! I also enjoyed having more interaction with the firing process. I fired oxidation so I was constantly adjusting to keep the kilns from reducing and adding salt or soda at the end felt like a finale. "
What aspects do you miss and not miss about soda firing?
"I do not miss much... The kilns I had access to were challenging to keep in oxidation and keep even. And the soda would often remove glazing decisions that I made and wanted… The kilns I had access to were quite old and would spald off bits of debris… I do not miss that.
I miss firing the kiln. (pushing the start button is nice, but much less interaction). I miss having a large kiln to fill. I miss the interaction of sharing a large kiln. And I miss wadding pots and group loadings.
I just got a bunch of brick from an old gas kiln. So in a year or two I may be building a new soda kiln!"
What aspects of soda firing do you reference in your current work?
"I have chosen to fire cone 6 electric. This shift to a lower temp happened when I got my own studio. Installing an electric kiln was much easier in a smaller private city space than a gas kiln. And much more affordable. Now I love it!
I spray layers of glaze to create the variation I enjoy. Initially I sprayed a soda ash solution. Then moved on to a more fluxed out glaze… Like a clear. Now I use lots of different glazes. I spray a whole ware board of pots at a time…" Click here to read more about this process.
Learn more about deb on: Instagram: @debspottery and @ratcitystudios, Youtube and her website.
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