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.


Magpie {19}

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Woodfired stoneware mug and jug, with tenmoku glaze; by David Gundry

We were given two of these mugs and the matching jug as a wedding present by some kind Devon friends. I’ve discovered this week that they were made by David Gundry, a retired GP who lives on the edge of Dartmoor. The mug shape is really comfortable in the hand, and the glaze is one of those whose beauty increases the more you look at it. I’ve been thinking about kilns more than a little this week and David’s is something else (take a look at these three videos #1, #2 and #3). If anyone out there would ever like some help with a wood firing, please let me know. I’d love to witness the process first hand.