Wood Fired Work

These unique pieces were hand thrown, altered, painted and bisque-fired. They were then carefully transported and wood-fired for 7 days in a large Japanese Anagama kiln, just north of Madrid, New Mexico. Wood firing is a labor and time intensive process that takes place over the course of several weeks in extreme heat and inclement weather. It includes wood harvesting and prep, kiln prep and the methodical placement of ceramics onto custom-built shelves. Once started, the wood fire is continuously stoked for several days by a crew of dedicated ceramic artists and their loved ones. The results are spectacular and often include dramatic variations in texture and depth of color, unique to this firing method.

Wood-fired in a Manabigama (beautiful learning) kiln in Taos, New Mexico.