February 2014 firing, 2400 degrees, dropped all cones. Great results.

Our 21st firing of the Manabigama wood kiln. New guest was Angel Luna MFA and a GREAT teacher. With Amy Baker and Kevin Payne, both Louisville ceramic instructors. Finished sculptures back of the kiln Front of the kiln before unloading Kevin and Amy, clay teachers in Lousiville

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Morel Mushroom Sculptures for the upcoming wood firing

With all the talk of spring and hunting morel mushrooms on facebook I made some new sculptures for the upcoming firing. These are still raw clay and will be fired in 2 weeks to look like the tea bowls behind them. One good tip from a mushroom grower and wild mushroom hunter, Morels start here in April and run the month. The first one you find you hold in your hand and look at it and look for more and look at it and hunt. It trains your eyes to see them better. It also spreads the spores along your trails. Some people pin it to there hat. When you find another one keep it in your hand and put the first one in the mesh bag. Spread spores and you will find more each year on the same paths. More advice on hunting and growing to come. I will also post the finished sculptures after the firing in 2 weeks. Happy shrooming.

raw wet clay hand built using molds I made from actual morel mushrooms.

raw wet clay hand built using molds I made from actual morel mushrooms.

The BIG moreldead tree with schrooms

Almost dry and ready to wood fire.

Almost dry and ready to wood fire.

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Steve’s face jugs after the firing

Commissioned pieces for Steve the face jug collector.

Commissioned pieces for Steve the face jug collector.

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The gang’s all here. Including the goose. Also new this time is Amy Baker, see last pic where Amy is stoking. Her arm is in the fire.

We fired for 46 hours and that takes a lot of food and people. We started loading on Friday morning and finished firing Sunday at 4pm.

We fired for 46 hours and that takes a lot of food and people. We started loading on Friday morning and finished firing Sunday at 4pm.

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Chuck Pate pieces from the wood fire May 2013

Chuck Pate pieces from the wood fire May 2013

The MFA Wood Chuck pieces covered in wood ash with dragons eyes.

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Steve’s face jugs drying

These face jugs were made for Steve who says

“Live Life With Egrets… NOT REGRETS!”

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Pieces from last firing

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Some pieces from our recent gas soda firing. Pitchers and stand or hanging flower vases.

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