Ben Carter @carterpottery laying down the knowledge. Giving the mill Creek apprentices some feedback on their pots.
#millcreekpottery #woodfireworkshop #mca2017 #critique #feedback
Slaying the final cone. 6 days in the big kiln and the kiln is beautifully even. Cone 10 front and cone 9 in the 4th stack 12 feet away.
Trever Foss @treverbubba and Liz Meyers are going for heat and dropping the last cone, to ensure everything is melted.
Then we bottle up the kiln and begin the down-firing process for the next 6-8 hours.
The workshop participants did an amazing job, gained skill and understanding. Unload on Monday!! Thanks to @lloydlentz you can follow the cooling online at simonskiln.com
#mca2017 #woodfire #woodfireworkshop #millcreekpottery
Amazing Friend. My buddy @lloydlentz and I have been fiddling with a data logging cellular pyrometer. We just finally got it all hooked it up three days into our workshop firing. Its held together with hen's teeth and macguyver juice.
What this means is you can go to the link in my profile SimonsKiln.com and follow along. The pyrometer is located in the front firebox. Though it is reading around 1900 we are holding it at cone 8 in the front.
I am totally excited about this new toy. @lloydlentz is a steely eyed missile man. The next firing we will be able to graph the front middle and rear of the big kiln.
Visit the site, and follow along. @treverbubba @paulstokstad @cartersclay @jacobmeer @ianjconnors are all posting from the workshop.
#macguyver #woodfire #mca2017 #dataloggingpyro #amazingfriends
Not to be outdone. Zelda makes sure there are no pesky kiln cats around.
#kilndog #woodfire #pupstoke #mca2017
Cat on shift.
The final stack. Front firebox. Three days in and the kiln is lit. Students did an amazing job. Loading is firing and I anticipate a solid firing.
It's not how many pots you get in, it's how many come out.
#mca2017 #woodfire #simonlevin #woodfireworkshop
Workshop folks killed it today on the big stack. The third stack is over six feet tall and equally wide. It took 90% of the day and consumed almost half the pots they brought. Its a great opportunity to learn some advanced stacking techniques. I am super pleased with the crew, they are working well together as this complicated stack exemplifies.
#woodfire #mca2017 #woodfireworkshop #stackedandthatsafact
Shipping some work off to North Carolina. 2017 woodfire conference exhibition at @starworksnc
I am so looking forward to the conference!
@starworksceramics #woodfire #woodfirenc
The back stack. Loaded by this year's participants at the Mill Creek Anagama Workshop. Only 3 more stacks to go. But they get much bigger.
Workshop. Today is the first day of our 2017 Mill Creek anagama workshop. The focus of the next two weeks is for participants to load and fire their work with guidance towards success. A sense of ownership of the firing and process is the goal.
Glazing and loading will take place over the next three days. @carterpottery will be joining us for a couple #redclayrambler podcasts. Follow along with the hashtag #MCA2017.
#woodfire #woodfireworkshop #millcreekpottery
Got a mug you use everyday? I do. I made this silly little homage to my @ayumihorie mug that has infiltrated my life. What is your goto mug?
#mugshotmonday #mugshotmondays #mniwiconi #ilovewater
Ware cart is getting a little full.
Fat handle and porcelain inlay. #woodfire #clayinlay #dinermug
Deconstructed the Mill Creek Train Kiln. The cross bars grates were torsion bars from a F250.
#woodfire #trainkiln #sadmoment #fallenarches
Foggy morning and dark edges.
Decorative inlay on a trivet. Feldspar rocks. Non-erratic behavior. Simple pleasures.
#woodfire #feldspar #poultrygrit #chickengrit #clayandrocks
A voluminous jar, available @theartspiritcda The Art Spirit Gallery.
This jar speaks eloquently about so many things that I love about Clay. After 27 years of making vessels with this material I am held by jars like this that capture the plasticity, the stretch marks, the inherent qualities of wet clay. All this fused together, marked and hardened with raw colors evoked by fire. These jars are essays about things that I love.
#woodfire #bigjar #vassaltovessels
this big big dark is available at the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur D'alene Idaho.
I sent them a large body of work. If you're in the neighborhood stop by and let me know how it looks.
#newgallery #darkandheavy #woodfire