Sunday, 12 May 2013

Manor Stokes wood firing May 2013

We achieved a good firing of the smokeless kiln at Manor Stokes last weekend. Not all the cones went over completely, but on the whole the pots we unloaded yesterday were fine and most glazes were fully matured. I was happy with about two thirds of the pots I put in, which is not a bad rate of return for wood firing. And the less pleasing ones can be re-fired at some point.

Here is a selection of my pots from this firing (I'll upload a few more over the next day or two) :

Tea caddy, approx. 5 inches tall

Carved vase, heavy ashing. 5 inches wide

Carved vase, close up

Coffee cup, glazed inside, unglazed outside
Wine or spirit cup, 3 inches tall

Guinomi, 2.5 inches tall

Two textured pots, larger 3.5 inches tall

 2.5 inches tall

The egg cup above is very crusty with deposits of unmelted ash, having been placed right next to the has a shino glaze inside and was unglazed outside. I would happily eat boiled eggs from it, but admittedly, it won't be the easiest thing to clean!

shino glaze inside

Guinomi, approx. 3 inches tall

Bottle vase, 3 inches tall

Small cup, 2 inches tall

Yunomi, 4 inches tall

Planter with heavy ashing, 5 inches tall

Cup with orange dots, approx 3 inches tall

Soup mug, ochre ash glaze

Textured vase, approx 6 inches tall

Sake cup, approx 3 inches tall

Chawan, approx 5 inches wide
Shot cup, 2 inches tall


  1. Mark, beautiful stuff. The more ash the better, in my opinion. Keep up the great work!


    1. Hi Sam, thanks for the nice comment. For certain pieces, I would like alot more wood ash! May have to start putting it on there myself before the firing. Mark

  2. Oh so many beauties it is hard to make a choice of a favorite, wonderful work.

  3. I love ash glaze. So attractive. I am so glad that you had a good result! My favourites are carved vase, textured vase and white sake cup. But others are also nice! : )

    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like the textured vase as this was an experiment..I had no idea how it would turn out. I'd like to develop this technique further.:)