Sunday, January 17, 2010


December and January were 2 very non-productive months to me in terms of pottery making. On the other hand, the holidays and school winter break had brought me wonderful quality family times. I think my holiday mode is not going to end so soon until Chinese New Year which will fall on February 14 this year.
Over the holidays, I read my pottery mentor-friend Tom Turner's article regarding refiring. Since I haven't produced any now pieces, I tried to refire some old pots. All the refired pieces turned out much "nicer" than from the first firing. On the refired pieces, glaze surface shows slightly runny and gives the piece a reduction fired look. I can see the potential on refirng.

a brown glaze from cone 6 firing

after refiring, the brown glaze looks more like Temmoku
a white glaze looks like cone 10 Yellow Salt glaze after refiring


  1. These glazes are beautiful!! I think I am going to take a rest from ^10 for awhile. I don't think my Olympic kiln is really designed for ^10 reduction. I am having some fun with saggar fire and trying to decide where to go with functional pots.I could use a Po Wen glaze class!! Nice to see you blogging again.

  2. These are fired in cone 6 oxidation. When you do refiring,remember to fire about one cone lower than the first firing. In my case, I refire to cone 5 and hold 20 minutes.
    I have a Cone Art kiln and use Slow Glaze auto firing. In this cold weather,I also set the kiln to pre-heat for 1 hour to prevent pots crack from thermal shock

  3. Very interesting and good to know about the refiring, the surfaces look great. I like the brown glaze both before and after. Enjoy your family time.

  4. Wonderful results. Was the original firing cone 6 ox. or were these older cone 10 pots?

    Do you share glazes? I've been working in cone 6 ox for several years now with some success. I don't have a glaze background however so am pecking away.

    Your pots and drawings are wonderful.

    Henry Pope & Mary Mikkelsen in Asheville area.