Firing the Kerrygama kiln May 2017

I was very happy to take part in this firing. The last firing of the Kerrygama was 4 years ago. This was a good opportunity to test the local materials in a woodfired kiln in this area.  The pots were wood fired for seventy two hours using local spruce wood.  I tested a native clay with nothing added to it, just a small amount of sand remived, from the Feothanach area.  It will be useful in the future for woodfiring, the results showing promise.  I also mixed this Feothanach clay with some refractory clay from a local bog.  By combining the two clays, the pieces will have more fire strength, with less chance of slumping, and it can tolerate higher temperatures.   I'm delighted to have this information now for the wood fire kiln I'm currently building close to my studio.  

The Kerrygama kiln May 2017

The Kerrygama kiln May 2017

 

 

 
Wood fired Yunomi made from 100% native clay from Feothanach. Fired for 72 hours with local spruce.

Wood fired Yunomi made from 100% native clay from Feothanach. Fired for 72 hours with local spruce.

 
Wood fired unprocessed local clay. Fired for 72 hours with local spruce wood.

Wood fired unprocessed local clay. Fired for 72 hours with local spruce wood.

 
Wood fired local clay mix. Fired for 72 hours with local spruce wood.

Wood fired local clay mix. Fired for 72 hours with local spruce wood.