Cylinder Figures

A gas kiln has a chimney to help suck the gas flame through and around the work inside. Both salt and soda vapourise at high temperature and can be carried through the kiln by the flame on it’s journey to the chimney, swirling around the work in it’s path. On it’s way the vapour combines with the surface of the clay to make a natural glaze building up mostly on edges and textures and on more intricate areas of the work. My new task was to make forms that might encourage this interaction – to make the kiln part of the creative process. And so began the next journey. Cylinder figures with their costume adornments and textures allowed me to play with forms and utilize the effects created during the soda firings.