Means of production – Maquette beach comber vase
The marvellous mess of making maquettes. Beachcomber vase 1 (grotto series) The bag of Keanes stoneware 5B clay came with me and the tools of making are (mostly) fossicked from coastal walks.
At the invitation of master wood firer Barbara Campbell Alan, this beach comber vase maquette and some grey Shino glaze tests have been in a one week long wood firing in her anagama kiln which is currently cooling down.
The images below were provided by my friend and fellow ceramist, Elizabeth Statis, who is an experienced member of Barbara’s wood fire team. Left to right: the wood stack, packing the kiln, the fire box, the kiln being stoked at very high temperatures at night, the firing team work on eight hour shifts for the week long duration of the firing. The kiln takes another week to cool down.