I “grew up” in the clay world firing my work at cone 10 reduction. For those unfamiliar with clay firing terms, the cone number is a kind of shorthand for the ultimate firing temperature. Cone 10 is approximately 2300 to 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduction means that the work was fired in a kiln environment where the amount of oxygen was limited or reduced. The combination on firing temperature and kiln environment impacts what clays and glazes that can be used as well as effects achieved, but I digress.
When you are first learning a skill or process you don’t know what you don’t know. It wasn’t until many years into my clay journey that I first came across other firing temperatures. I had just never created work at a studio where different firing options were available. In many ways it was eye opening, but so different that initially I only did a handful of experiments at other temperatures.
It wasn’t until a few years ago when I switched solely to my home studio and kiln that I really embraced a different firing temperature. I now fire exclusively at cone 5/6 (approximately 2100 degrees Fahrenheit). Brighter colors and a broader range of colors are some of the pros at this temperature.
Each year I have been expanding my glaze palette from five options my first year or two to about 15 plus at last count.
One of my newest experiments is Olive Float (pictured above). Let me know what you think.
See this planter and more available online.