We went and unloaded Santatsugama yesterday, and it looks like everyone got some wonderful results. We had to make an early start after a late 4th of July party, but it was completely worth it. I’m very happy with my work from this firing. There was lots of carbon trapping, resulting in ghostly looking grey blues in addition to the beautiful gloss orange red that we’ve been getting recently. However, the black flashes that we’d been seeing recently were much less prominent. We think this was due to difference in atmospheric conditions in the kiln during the cooling, but that’s another post.
As I said, I think it was a good firing. One very sad thing though is that Erin’s cabbage jars self-destructed. Some clays just don’t do well in this kiln, and will shatter unprovoked as they cool. Each cabbage jar would come out, look beautiful, and then “ping” itself into a pile of leaves. Hopefully we’ll see some surviving ones in the future. Here’s a sneak peek as to some of what I got out. I’ll be doing formal documentation photograph over the course of the next week. I also have a fair amount of cleaning up and mixed media work still to go, especially with the big guy.
Also, like the loading, I took stop motion video of the unloading. It followed the whole unloading (3 hours instead of 2 days), and compacts down into 5 minutes. It’s pretty fun to see. (Fun fact. I broke my gorilla pod during the filming of the video. It just plain wore out from overuse after 3 months. I’m hard on tech. When I broke my old camera after a year, I’d taken 9,000 photos with it). Anyway, enjoy the video. If you go to the youtube page for it, there should be higher quality version. (It takes about a day for the high quality option to show up)