Soulgama 21 Firing – March 2009

 

A crew of eleven people fired Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama for the 21st time from March 26-30, 2009.  We had two days of  loading and a little less than 3 days of firing.  We opened and unloaded the kiln on Saturday, April 11th.  We ususally open the kiln one week after firing but since several of us had other firings the weekend of April 4th Stephen decided to unload the kiln after a two week cooling.  The extra cooling time didn’t seem to have affected the look of the pots.

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After two days of loading we started the fire late Friday afternoon.  Most of us had to go to the Ceramics Showcase meeting in Multnomah to pick our booths for the show.  Sandy Segna stayed and tended the kiln in our absence.

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On Saturday night we had our usuall pizza and potluck  dinner where Jim, Robin and Nathan Hominiuk cook homemade pizzas in the pizza oven made out of kiln bricks.  Everyone involved with the firing and invited guests bring a wide assortment of pizza toppings.

 

 

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To add to the festivities we also celbrated Brenda Scott’s birthday.  Sarah Chenoweth brought cake and noisemakers for everyone.  It was quite the festive evening and we even remembered to stoke the kiln when it was needed. 

The firing went well with good results.  We had problems with the pyrometers and consequently we let the front of the kiln get a little hotter than usual.  Good for my large stoneware pots … not quite so good for some of the porcelain and porcelaineous stonewares.  Except for the front rank of shelves the front of the kiln produced its usual beautiful, drippy and glossy pots.

The center of the kiln produced glossy drippy pots near the first stoke alley and quieter surfaces further back until the second stoke alley.  I want to try some sagger pots for the floor of the kiln in the middle section since this is often cooler and less ashey.  The pack of the kiln had pots with glazes since it is somewhat cooler.  Some great pots came out of the back.  I am learning more and more how to prepare my work for this section of the kiln and was pleased with the results.

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Front Section
Middle Section

Middle Section

Back Section

Back Section

 
Two weeks after the firing we opened, unloaded and cleaned up the kiln site and stacked the next load of wood.
 
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Stephen Mickey and the Soulbuds

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The reception for the Soulbuds Show was a great event.  There was a good turnout, good music and good food provided by the artists in the Soulbuds show.  The show is in the Visual Arts Center at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon and runs through May 22nd, 2009.  The Visual Arts Center is a wonderful venue for the show.  The lighting is good and the pieces are displayed well. 

An added plus to the event was the celebration of Stephen Mickey’s birthday.  It was nice to celebrate the man who img_0003_300pixprovided the kiln and creative environment from which so many of the pots in the show emanated.img_0004_300pix1

Upcoming Events: January – March 2009

2nd Place -- Best of Show, 2008 Clayfest, Eugene, Oregon
2nd Place — Best of Show, 2008 Clayfest, Eugene, Oregon

Currently I have no shows or sales scheduled until Ceramics Showcase in April.  You can purchase pieces by either contacting me or I encourage you to visit the Trillium Gallery in Wheeler, Oregon.

This year’s Chocolate Fantasy and Art Auction will be held February 28th, 2009, from 6:00-10:00pm in The Club Level at Reser Stadium. Chocolate Fantasy will be hosted by OPB Oregon Art Beat’s, K.C. Cowan. Chocolate Fantasy cid_image001_png01c98e00is a fund-raiser for The Arts Center, in Corvallis, Oregon and features chocolate desserts for tasting, an art auction, food, bar and music. Over 160 artists, businesses and community supporters of the arts have donated original works and more for this years auction. The art includes ceramics, photography, painting, woodworking, printmaking, fiber arts, jewelry and glass. I have been a member of the procurement committee responsible for procuring quality pottery and clay sculpture pieces to auction for several years now and I think this year’s extravaganza will be one of the best! I hope to see you there!

I will be participating in two anagama firings during March and April, Jay Widmer’s Digger Mountain Anagama and Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama.  I should have many new and beautiful pots for the spring shows.

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April 24th, 25th and 26th, I will be participating once again the Oregon Potters Association’s Ceramics Showcase at the Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.  More details later.

2nd Place Best of Show

2nd Place Best of Show

May 1 – 20 , 2009, I will be participating in the Soulbuds show at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon.  This is a show of artists who have been a part of Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama anagama.  More details later.