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.

Feldspar firing noborigama (1) Feldspar firing noborigama (2) Feldspar firing noborigama (3) Feldspar firing noborigama (4) Feldspar firing noborigama (5)Feldspar second room (1) Feldspar second room (2) Feldspar second room (3)

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About togeii

I have lived in Japan for 19 years doing ceramics almost the whole time. I have a wood burning noborigama and a long snake kiln.. I
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