3. Soda Fire Artist: Katie Fee
Cone 10 Glaze Recipes for Heavy Soda
Cone 10 Flashing Slip for Soda
Long Red Slip
Neph sy 30
Yellow Iron Oxide .5%
Titanium dioxide .5%
"I live in St. Pete, Florida, where I am an Artist-In-Residence at the Morean Center for Clay."
When did you start Soda firing?
"I started in an intermediate pottery class as an undergrad."
How long have you been faceting your work?
"I started working with that way of forming pots when I was building a portfolio for my undergraduate thesis show."
What are the benefits of putting your faceted work in soda kiln?
"I like to put glazed pots in the soda kiln. My ‘shtick’ about glaze on form is that it’s like a blanket of snow over terrain or river rapids moving over a rock bed. The form beneath the glaze determines the thick-to-thin pools on the surface. Soda is especially good because the glaze reacts and drips more with soda, and stays firmer and more resolute without it- it tells a ranging story as you rotate one pot around."
What is a typical firing schedule/ soda introduction for you?
"It’s a pretty heavy amount of soda at the end and a relatively cavalier firing approach. My firing has 4-5 pounds of soda into a ~30 cu foot. Cross draft, sprung arch kiln. There are two forced air burners.
I candle overnight, then add an inch of pressure each hour once I start firing in the morning. 90 minute stall for body reduction, then let it climb in light reduction to soda. I spray all the soda in one go as cone 10’s are falling. Cut down the air on the blowers, tighten the damper 1-2 inches, and just spray in through two ports that are on either side above the burners."
What other types of firings do you like to do?
"I get in on wood firings whenever I can. There are some green glazes that go red or grey in soda, but are stunning with wood ash and lighter reduction.
I also like to test fire new forms and clay construction methods in low fire oxidation before I fire them in the soda kiln."
Any recommendations for other artists firing in multiple types firing atmospheres?
"Always test more! It’s worth it to keep searching for what else the kiln has to offer, and it keeps you on your toes."
Where do you see your work going from here?
"More pots! More sculpture! I have been working on some handbuilt vessels lately, and it feels more exciting and attention grabbing than wheel thrown pots."
Learn More about Katie's work on: Instagram and her Website
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