I love the qualities that I'm discovering with soda firings. My initial response is that this looks so much like a wood firing, the colors of the raw clay flash with the patterns of the flame and the way it flows through the kiln. I just started using a helmar slip on the work and it receives the vapor with a flashing of the surface that is colorful and interesting. I have included a few shots of this weekends firing. I had a couple of losses and a few refires, but overall I am delighted with the work.
Note: I have mentioned a slip I have started using, Linda McFarland introduced me to this slip (actually, it is Amaco's Velvet (V) Underglazes -- LEAD FREE, Jet black ) in the top two photos. A problem I have always had is that with delicate haired brushes the solution I dipped into would start to "drag"causing the brush to jump or skip along. The velvet solution ball milling must allow the solution to flow smoother and develop a better line. If you've had this same problem check out a small jar of this "ink". Many thanks to Linda.
So far I have not had much time to do any sculpture, but I do have some work on the bench that is needing attention with a spray bottle of water. I've gone back to looking at my older drawings of pieces that I want to construct and finding some interesting imagery that I can bring forward in the coming months.
This coming weekend in Spruce Pine, NC: http://www.sprucepinepottersmarket.com/
Would love to see you there. Please stop by the booth and say Hi.