Well, yesterday I picked through the ashes of the two barrels to see how things turned out. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t add a lot of ‘colorants’ to the fire to help add color to the pots; however, the pieces have some nice color on them anyways.
I wasn’t too impressed when I first pulled the pieces out of the barrel, but I forgot that once you clean them off and polish them to a shine, they look fantastic!
I need to remember to stock up on supplies so I can do a barrel firing whenever the weather cooperates. It was a bit windy on Sunday, but only a couple pieces have any cracks in them. Last fall, I had most of my pieces crack from the thermal shock caused by the wind, but it didn’t seem to be an issue this time.
Now it is time to get to work making some more pieces and burnishing them for the next firing. I’m hoping I can do 2 or three more this summer and try out a few different things.