On Friday we visited two traditional Terracotta Makers at Impruneta. It was very impressing to watch Mario Mariani finishing one of the very large flower pots and his woodfired kiln. Amazing handcraft skills are disappearing right now all over Europe…
Here Pietro taking care of the firing.
Then we had time for a nice afternoon visit at Terry Davies’ Studio.
Pietro and Roman ready to open the kiln. And there it is!
When everything was out they started to have a meeting to discuss about all the results and be ready to prepare the bisque fired pieces for the firing in the evening.
And here two closer pictures taken of some works.
We bisque fired for the first time! And then they started working on those pieces to be ready for the first big soda firing in the big kiln.
And late in the afternoon the kiln was already loaded and started. So late in the evening Roman was ready for the soda.
Here the pics of the kiln we used for tests. For the misurements of the chamber see the comment I left to the last post Mirka posted.
This was an electric kiln that Pietro changed and transformed into a gas kiln for soda firing tests.
very interesting pictures and fantastic work.
Please could your publish in the blog the dimensions of your soda kiln and the size of the kilnshelves?
Glazing in the morning, and then off to some trips! First to Terry Davis near Certaldo (http://www.terrydavies.it/) who used to soda fire a lot before he came to Tuscany
Visiting San Giminiano
Where we could observe the Italian way of throwing: standing beside the wheel
And returning to La Meridiania we could observe how Pietro introduces the soda