Soda Firing Opportunities
The next soda firing will be Mon Dec 21.
- All pots must be delivered and glazed by Sat 12/19 (we are closed Sun & Mon.)
- Pots that will be bisqued at Burnish must be delivered & dry by Tues 12/15.
- Kiln will be loaded Sun 12/20, Fired Mon 12/21, unloaded Thu 12/24.
- More information and instructions will be provided when you register for this firing by completing the form at the bottom of this page .
This process will change over time, but while we are continuing to work under reduced operations due to the ongoing Pandemic we are going to try out some firing opportunities that may not be supportable once we get back up to full speed. Read through the below information and then if you do want space in the kiln please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Priority will be given to current members, but if space permits then external participants will be welcome too.
Please note - this is NOT a workshop, we are only offering space in the kiln right now. You will make an appointment to drop off your completed pieces and/or to glaze/apply slips in the week before we load. We will have a very small crew completing the loading and firing to ensure we can maintain proper distancing and reduced exposure. We most definitely will have workshops in the future when it is safe to do so.
Cost: The various options are outlined in this table that include add on services that can be provided if needed but are not required if you have access elsewhere. If you choose to use your own clay or glazes I will need a complete list to confirm they are the appropriate materials for the type of firing. For frame of reference for size: one clay box with the flaps closed is 1/2 a cubic foot, one of our ware boards stacked 6 inches tall is 1 cubic foot.
Sample Pack - $20: This is available to current Burnish members only and is a good option for those intrigued by Soda but who are not ready to commit to a lot of space yet. This option includes 5 pounds of cone 10 clay and however many pieces you make with it will go into the soda kiln. Cost includes bisque firing and access to the glazes and flashing slip.
- Glazes: We have a number of cone 10 glazes available for use including: 2 shinos, white, yellow salt, tenmoku, teal, and a red. It turns out our regular studio glazes look really good at cone 10 as well. We have 1 flashing slip available and will be testing several more. You are welcome to use your own glazes - several different commercial brands can handle cone 10, including Mayco Stoneware and Amaco Potter's Choice.
- Cone: Typically we will fire to cone 10, but we will explore lower temperature firings someday in the future as well.
- Clay: Any cone 10 clay body can be used, but we have several that are known to be good for Soda available to purchase in the studio. Click here to go to our Online Store for high fire clay details. The Oregon White clay that was the main studio clay does very well in the soda kiln also.
- Type of Soda Firing: We will primarily be introducing Soda in solid/powder form (burritos) but may also do some minimal spraying to increase coverage on the back side of the kiln. We will not be reduction cooling. If you do not know what any of that means then do not worry about it! Participating will help you learn more about the process.