We each create bodies of work that are thrown and handbuilt. We use a combination of materials and techniques, including flashing slips; accent and liner glazes; and carving, texture & inlay. In addition, we collaborate on a line of work specifically for the studio. Once the work is made, we fire it together in a wood kiln.
A full firing takes 16-20 hours. We start firing with gas to attain a steady, fast climb to around 800-1000°F. Once we reach this point, we begin adding wood to the fire and, within an hour, transition to wood as the sole fuel source for the remainder of the firing. The wood not only serves as fuel, but the wood ash glazes our pots, leaving its individual mark on each piece in the kiln.
During the firing, we stoke from two sides of the kiln and feed wood in every few minutes for 12+ consecutive hours. Around 2300°F, we pour a salt and soda mixture onto the wood slabs we are stoking. The introduction of salt and soda creates additional glaze, texture and flashing on the pots. Our top firing temperature is ~2380°F, and once reached, we stop stoking and close up the kiln. It takes two days for the kiln to cool enough to open.
We wood fire because of the distinct atmospheric effects it creates on the work, but more essentially, because of the community collaboration it facilitates. Together, we share the load of preparing for the firing (prepping wood, wadding pots, loading, stacking the door), firing the kiln (monitoring the flame, tracking the heat climb, stoking the fire, replenishing wood) and clean-up (unloading, grinding and washing shelves, gathering up abandoned gatorade bottles, etc.).
It is a process that demands multiple sets of hands at every turn of the day. It requires consistent, steady reliance on each other to reach the collective goal. In this way, our work is the result of the most essential aspect of what we do and who we are. It’s infused by our community--intended to be a part of yours.