Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Part VIII: Community Seagrove Woodfiring at the North Carolina Pottery Center

Bruce is showing the bottle he has picked out for his donation to this weekend's North Carolina Pottery Center Annual Auction 2:30-6:ish

We are busy (to say the least) getting ready for our kiln opening here at Bulldog Pottery taking place this weekend on April 18th and 19th.  There are around 40 potteries joining in on the festive Celebration of Spring in Seagrove : Seagrove Potter's Kiln Openings.  We took time out on Monday morning to unload the wood kiln at the NCPC.  Results were interesting,  I think as we fire the kiln more as a group we will figure out a few things to do differently.  Maybe a little more thought on dividing the pottery between the glaze chamber and salt chamber.  I believe more people were wanting their pieces in the salt side.  Also to bring a few cups each as we seemed to be wanting some drinking cups to fill spaces.

Anyway, I will run down through the images that I have below with a bit of explanation.  We are off tomorrow to go see The Dead in Charlottesville.  We saw them this past Sunday night in Greensboro.  It was a fantastic show and we both has a great time listening to the music and watching the crowd cheer.  It was a happy time.  

Unstacking the bricks of the doors to the two chambers 

Making a train to move the pottery from the kiln area to spread along the ground for better viewing

Unloading the glaze chamber

We had a nice unloading rhythm going

Some potters were working at cleaning the shelves, others re-stacking bricks

Observing the pots that were unloaded

Sorting some of the pieces

The potters are sorting through all of the pieces looking for their pots
Here is one of Bruce's agate bottles with a celadon over the three different colored clays.  The main portion of the piece is the new Starworks Ceramics local clay.  If you are interested in buying some get in touch with STARceramics.  The clay throws really well.  Bruce is looking through the bottles figuring our which one he would like to donate.  He picked the golden honey at the front of the picture.

The potters are discussing some of the results from the kiln

Here are some of the pieces that were donated to the North Carolina Pottery Center's Auction taking place this weekend.  Each potter that participated in the firing donated a piece.


cindy shake said...

What a BEAUTIFUL grouping that last image makes!

Anonymous said...

wow... the whole thing looks like so much fun