A Happy Soda Firing
I fired last week. When I'm done glazing, but before I load the soda kiln, I sit down and roll hundreds of wads for the bottom of my pieces. It always takes a ridiculously long amount of time. Time when I'm feeling a bit anxious about getting things done on schedule. When I was rolling my wads for this last kiln, it was a sunny day, and the morning sun was hitting them in the most beautiful way. I took this picture to share with all of you. My happy spin on a less than fun job.
Wadding Recipe for the soda kiln (pretty standard) (by volume):
- 1 part EPK
- 1 part alumina hydrate
- medium grog to taste (not really, but you know what I mean...)
A shot of the front of the kiln. It was an interesting firing. I reduced the amount of soda that I added by about 25% or so.
(new) Soda Mixture:
- 1.75 lbs. of soda ash
- 2.25 lbs. of soda bicarb
- 4 lbs. of whiting
Below are some tea bowls that I got out of this firing.