Magpie {44}

Wood fired and soda glazed bottle, with orange slip and tenmoku liner, by
Joe Morgan

I met Joe at a show last year. He has been building a wood firing kiln not that far from me and I was thrilled when he asked if I would like to include some pieces in its maiden firing. I helped out a little with the second firing and learned a great deal. I can see how people find it intoxicating – such an ancient and demanding process, often with breathtaking results.

Joe and his family came over recently and he very generously gave us this gorgeous bottle as a thank you. I love potters! We’ve been mulling over the next firing and I’m making some work especially for it. This time I’m going to try a new clay as my usual body didn’t yield very exciting results last time. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.