Perry Haas an I loaded the train kiln today at the Archie Bray as a part of the Cultural Confluence Symposium.
Perry is pretty much the best.
We crushed it together.
Glad to be a part of the team with Perry and so many other amazing artists.
With @perryhaasceramics
@archie_bray @culturalconfluencewoodfire
#trainkiln #culturalconfluencewoodfire #culturalconfluence2018 #woodkiln #woodfiredceramics

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The anagrams is loaded and lit here at the Archie Bray. The first of 4 kilns to be fired during the Cultural Confluence Symposium. Thanks to our kiln leaders @cobbartandecology and @artistpotter for making it happen and @shikamaru.t for making the image.
With @archie_bray and @culturalconfluencewoodfire
#culturalconfluence2018 #culturalconfluencewoodfire #apotterslife #woodfire #woodkiln #wildclay #woodfiredceramics #pottery

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Charcoal introduction in the second chamber.
We just finished up a really smooth three day burn.
I’m grateful to have such a spectacular crew. It makes it all worthwhile to do it together.
With @mattwegleitner @micahmakespots @kristeneasters @gillandotypottery @juliecantwellceramics @t.glosby @nicklistoceramics
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Firing.
I love loading but it’s by far the most stressful part of the woodfiring process for me. It’s a big kiln and we load all 3 chambers at the same time in 2 days. It’s a bit hectic. Lots of problem solving and planning goes into the load and because the loading is so essential to creating the surfaces on the finished work it’s really important that we do it right. You want to take your time But there is always some kind of deadline looming in the distance and we have to start on time or the whole schedule gets thrown off.
It’s all a bit stressful for me.
But once the fire is lit it’s a huge relief. Then it’s just the firing. It has its own schedule. It doesn’t need to go fast. The beginning candle is actually quite relaxing.
This is my view from the captains chair on the first morning. It doesn’t get old.
As we near 50 firings on this kiln it’s still exciting. So much potential.
#firing #woodfiring #pottersmarket2018 #pottersmarketinvitational #woodkiln #woodfiredceramics #woodfiredpottery

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