About the Process of Soda Firing
In 2013 I built a gas fired soda kiln at my studio, The Clay Center in Greeley, where I am resident artist. Soda firing is a process where a glaze made of sodium carbonates (baking soda, soda ash, and H₂O) is introduced into the firing atmosphere at peak temperature (2350ºF). By spraying this sodium solution over the gas burners of the kiln, glaze vapor is distributed through the firing by way of the flame, fluxing to the work and creating a surface that tells a story of soda, clay, and fire. Each pot, therefore, represents a permanent record of flame, soda, and its placement in the kiln. My goal in this is to create unique, functional work that explores the possibilities of soda by working with forms, patterns, and textures that speak to the firing process with the hope of stumbling across something new, exciting and truly one of a kind.