Don’t Cry Salty Tears!
Sue Taylor is our Featured Artist at The Potters Place Gallery throughout the month May/2016.
Her work is an extraordinary display of SALT FIRED pottery. Delicate wine cups, illuminated luminaries, bountiful bowls and the like are all fired to about 1300 degrees centigrade. As the kiln burns red hot inside, she adds salt to the fire at specific temperatures.
This method of firing and glazing is a traditional method dating back centuries. The salt vaporizes practically immediately as it hits the flame in the kiln, and then those vapors travel around the pots in the kiln, weaving in and around them, over and even under each piece, leaving it’s own glaze on each pot. The flame and traveling vapors are able to kiss the underside of the pottery because each pot is placed in the kiln on what we potters call WADDING. These are little bean like shapes of clay that elevate the pot up off the shelf, allowing the bottoms of each piece to be kissed by the flame. This is a very unique firing method and the results are … Beyond Beautiful.
The Potters Place Gallery is located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay in the 5th st. Courtyard. 10 – 5pm Mon-Sat. 250-334-4613.