Nobori firing

I have finished loading the first part of the second room. Very slow this time. There are 8 levels of shelves, 3 shelves per level, about 10 pieces on each shelf so 8*3*10 = 240 pieces for this stack.

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Next firing, noborigama

Here is how far I have gotten in loading the next firing. I have 2 feldspar glazes. The one marked ‘new feld’ is one I mixed up from my usual recipe. The one marked ‘old feld’ is the same recipe but I mixed it up about 10 years ago and have added to it a number of times so the basic character has changed.

I am firing both chambers of my 2 chamber noborigama. Feldspar glaze wants as close to an oxidation atmosphere as can be achieved. This kiln is a Karatsu style, low roofed design modeled on Nishioka Kyoju’s and the first room will only fire, at best, to a medium oxidation, i.e., medium reduction. The second room will go pretty close to oxidation which is why I am firing the feldspar in it.  I haven’t decided what to put into the first room. I usually fire ash glaze but for some reason I don’t remember I fired all the ash glaze ware last time along with some kohiki. I think I will put some tiles, I have over 2000, in the first room.

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New work, ash glaze, wood fired.

Here are some new bowls out of my noborigama.

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Repairing blistered glaze using kintsugi techniques

This video shows the first step in repairing blistered glaze,

 

For more on this technique see http://www.kintugi.com/

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Gold leaf kohiki

Here is my newest piece. It is a wood fired kohiki piece with gold leaf over red lacquer.

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Test firing for the next nobori firing.

I am doing a small test firing to try to figure out what to do with the first room of my kiln. I have enough feldspar work to fill the second room but not enough to fill the first. Feldspar wants a low to medium reduction which the second room does fine but the first doesn’t. I am thinking about just filling the first with refires. The puppy is helping load.

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Noborigama firing

I am almost finished with cleaning out the firebox and 2 rooms of the kiln. I planned on firing this coming week but won’t make it by a long shot.

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