Friday, September 11, 2009

Groundhog Kiln Firing #1

Jo and I recently participated in firing the Groundhog Kiln over at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, AR. The kiln was built in 2002 and is similar to the kilns used in the South in the 1800s and early 1900s when pottery jugs and crocks were the containers used for storing most liquid items. John Perry and Judi Munn are the potters at the Ozark Folk Center. (Click on photos for larger view.)

Sign describing the kiln, its history and the firing process.

Jo brought over a few pots to including in the firing. The first step was getting them glaze. The glaze had been sitting for a while and needed stirred. She's pouring the glaze through a sieve to help break apart the solids that coalesced into globs.

Jo, Burt and Judi glazing having too much fun glazing pots. Judi is "on duty" at the Folk Center and required to wear traditional dress. Burt is another potter participating in this firing.

Jo and Burt are trying a different glaze.

Jo's pots are glazed and ready for the next step.