Woodfiring in Italy

17 AMpMon, 26 Apr 2010 11:36:44 +000036Monday 2010 by

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…

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Return home to Germany

17 AMpMon, 26 Apr 2010 11:29:50 +000029Monday 2010 by

I returned yesterday – wither fine weather and and a whole lot of working waiting. I just want to say “Thank You” to everybody!

New tests!

17 AMpFri, 23 Apr 2010 08:54:54 +000054Friday 2010 by

Here Pietro taking care of the firing.

Pietro and the Soda.

Terry Davies’ studio.

17 AMpFri, 23 Apr 2010 08:11:11 +000011Friday 2010 by

Then we had time for a nice afternoon visit at Terry Davies’ Studio.

Terry's studio.

Tests.

17 AMpFri, 23 Apr 2010 07:49:38 +000049Friday 2010 by

Pietro and Roman ready to open the kiln. And there it is!

Pietro and Roman, inside the kiln, a closer look.

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.

Discussion 1.

Discussion 2.

Discussion 3.

And here two closer pictures taken of some works.

Mirka's works.

Bisque fired works.

17 AMpFri, 23 Apr 2010 07:21:44 +000021Friday 2010 by

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.

Bisque fire works

And late in the afternoon the kiln was already loaded and started. So late in the evening Roman was ready for the soda.

Burners and Roman with a bucket of soda.

Burners and Roman ready with the soda.

The kiln for tests.

17 AMpFri, 23 Apr 2010 06:57:46 +000057Friday 2010 by

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.

Test kiln.

This was an electric kiln that Pietro changed and transformed into a gas kiln for soda firing tests.

17 PMpThu, 22 Apr 2010 23:36:22 +000036Thursday 2010 by

Hello All,

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?

Thanks

Mirka

Thursday

17 PMpThu, 22 Apr 2010 15:21:40 +000021Thursday 2010 by

The kiln was opened and released very good results.



And the next kiln was loaded…

Wednesday

17 AMpThu, 22 Apr 2010 08:15:15 +000015Thursday 2010 by

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