We fire in a gas kiln to approximately 2400 degrees,
adding soda and salt during the firing
to create subtle variations
in the surface of the clay and glaze.
Soda firing is like painting with fire.
The surface of each piece is altered
by its placement in the kiln,
proximity of the flame,
and amount of soda that reaches the pot
as the flame swirls through the kiln.
Soda firing creates surprises
in shading, pattern, and color
that can’t be replicated,
making every pot unique.
Soda firing blends art, science, and magic.
Opening my kiln is the closest I get
to being a six year old on Christmas morning.