This past year I’ve done several group firings in the Norborigama Wood kiln at Chester Springs Studio .- a ridiculous amount of work for this old bod, but the results are certainly lively and seductive. I put a bunch of my porcelain ware, both in the wood chamber and salt chamber. The surface of the pots shimmer with life, and kept me coming back to this process, despite the labor intensity.
The firing lasts close to 24 hours, and all the participants help to load the kiln, fire in shifts, unload, and prepare the shelves and kiln for the next firing. Matt Wren guides the firing process, and we all benefit from his experience with the kiln, and judgement about the process.