Process

how the magic happens

Kilns

Susie uses a gas kiln and has recently built a wood burning kiln. The introduction of a wood burning kiln will expand the breadth of her work considerably. Susie was originally trained in the late 1970’s to fire a wood kiln much to the puzzlement of the pottery world. Other potters questioned Ivan as to why he was continuing the practice of wood firing in an age of gas, oil and electricity. Shortly after, the wood firing phenomenon took off and has continued to grow since the early 1980’s. Susie has continued to develop her wood firing skills by assisting other potters with their firings over the past twenty years.

kilns

Wood Kiln

The wood kiln has been in the making for two years. It is a design that came from firing with others and wanting to gain as many effects as possible from the one firing. The wild and woolly pots will go in the ash pit at the front and the glazed pots in the chamber behind.

kilns

Gas Kiln

The gas kiln Susie has used for the past 28 years was built instead of a wood kiln as she had a young family and it was felt that she could make, pack and fire alone without having to organise a team to assist.

glazes

Oriental Based Glazes

Glazes are a huge part of Susie’s aesthetic. Susie has continued on with her love of Chinese and Korean glazes. From the family of celadons to the wonderful tea dust glaze and the collection of white glazes there are many many variations. Most of Susie’s glazes are sourced from semi local rocks and clays. Some glazes will of course be one offs collected on trips around the state.

The rocks are brought back to the workshop. Put through the jaw crusher and then milled down to talcum powder fineness. From there Susie decides what type of glaze she wishes to put them in and experiments from there. Susies approach is not the molecular formula. Instead she takes the the simpler try this and that way of doing things. “I am not a technical person. The wonder of finding a new glaze is a great thing. There is a great deal of work goes into making glazes this way but I feel it pays off very well.

demonstrations

Turning a bowl

Turning the pots finishes them in an elegant style and raises them off the table top to give full appreciation of the shape.