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Groundhog Firing at the North Carolina Pottery Center
Groundhog Firing at the North Carolina Pottery Center
2016

In this image, the groundhog is in full swing as we continue stoking wood. Assisting potter Chad Brown was a rich experience, and here we had just loaded the fire box with a heavy stoke. A moment of reduction follows the stoke but at over 2400 degrees, the wood quickly ignites and sends a long flame through the kiln, over the pots, and out the chimney. Timing is everything when firing a wood kiln and we were taking extra time let the heat build through the whole kiln eventually dropping cone 11. After salting the kiln, Chad crash cools for a unique surface to his wares. Crash cooling isn't a common method and has many risks but the resulting wares are beautiful and classic.