Sunday, February 14, 2016

wood fire in Mendocino

Finally I hauled it up to Mendocino Art Center last weekend and got in on a local (ish) woodfire - .  The place is located a few blocks from the Mendocino Headlands - gorgeous setting. The ocean surf rumbles nearby all day and night. Good people working there too.
The kiln is small in comparison to Peter's Valley (in western NJ) and Tony Moore's Anagama/Noborigama combo in Cold Spring NY.  They call it the mini-gama or the Lil' Big Kiln. It does a great job, although full of cracks. There will be a rebuild of the kiln first week of August and I'm hoping to get up there and participate.
For this firing I made functional wares - bowls and mugs and a few vases. And then included a few masks. The masks are shown a few posts earlier in the bisque state. And here they are wood fired. Looking forward to alternate firings of all 50 masks and achieving a range of effects that evoke a sense of aged ancient artifacts.

These unique pieces are for sale:
English porcelain, Temoku glaze; wide range of colors showing up. Outside ranges from deep brown to rich amber with some crystals and striations.  Interiors are a deep rich blue.   

4.5" h x 3.75"w x 3.75"d
woodfired porcelain vase with temoku glaze $55.00   4.5"h x 3.75"w x3.75"d

facing the fire/color change!

woodfired porcelain with temoku glaze $55.00   4.5"h x 4.25"w x4.25"d

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