kuranda years

In 1997 I moved to Kuranda but it was not until 2004 that I discovered Peter Thompson and his anagama. From then until 2011, I assisted at his annual firings and started to make pots again.

This page will show the development of the pottery work at Kuranda. I have posted some photos of the construction of my wood fired coffin. The design followed the short throat kiln in Stephen Harrison's "Laid back wood firing" book, the second edition of which, incidentally, I used for the Mt Victoria single chamber kiln.

In Kuranda, I tried a lot of commercial clays. I finally settled on Walkers No 10 and Clayworks RSF. Glazes were generally standard cone 8-11 mixes, ones that I had worked with in Mt Victoria. Tenmoku, Cone 8, Shino and a Guan bone ash glaze. Plus my old reliable rutile blue.

The first firing in the new short throat kiln.

I finally finished building the short throat kiln with elegant firebox. It only took 20 months.

I fired it Friday 22nd October 2010 with a full load of bisqued pots and it was successful.

I started with a gas burner at 5:30am, started loading wood through the firebox lid after 3 hours turned the gas off after 4 hours and reached 1300deg C in the top centre at 6:30pm.

Cone 10 melted on the top shelf about halfway along the chamber.

I soaked for 2 hours, sidestoked the back to cone 8 clammed up at 10:30pm. All according to the book!

I used 3 barrow loads of floor wood and approximately 2 1/2 cubes (650x650x650) of hob wood. This was mixed hardwood.

The kiln was easy to manage and there was hardly any smoke.

I had three glaze firings in that kiln and all were succcessful except for one design fault.

I found that the 1400 deg fibre insulation board could not cope with the heat/ash attack. It tended to shell off at the firebox end causing unwanted effects on the pots.