People have been making pottery for centuries.
Whether you're making dishware or a of piece art.
there is a certain technique that's needed.
News 8 photographer John Schmidt takes us to Coon
Valley where News 8's own Master Control Operator
Jeff Guin shows us the art of firing pottery in a
Roku Rock-u kiln.
Today, I'm doing a Roku firing technique that was
developed in the sixteenth century in Japan.
Part of the Zen philosophy is nothing is perfect and
you find beauty in just the natural state of things.
Load her up.
But it differs from the way the Japanese still do
it today, because of the extra combustable reduction
Its just a regular galvanized garbage can that I bought
and I lined it with a ceramic fiber blanket so that
I can pump a lot of heat in there, but it pushes it
It's almost like the tiles on the space shuttle.
Might as well crank her.
And this is different from typical pottery, because
in typical pottery you would let it cool down until
you can open it, the kiln, and take your pots out.
This type of firing process, we will pull the pots
out when they're 1800 degrees.
They're glowing hot, I don't use any measuring devices
for temperature, I judge by the glaze.
I look in the kiln and when that glaze looks like
melted glass, that's when you know that it's time
But the firing results...no pieces are alike.
I can create pieces in an electric kiln, a gas kiln
that are pretty identical.
But in this process, the roku firing, no two pieces
are ever the same.
And that's what I like about it, I don't like the
Oh, that's going to be beautiful.
You can glaze three pots, put them in there, and all
three might be different colors.
The more you scrub, the more you get out of it.
There's something about the whole process...it's,
it's pretty special.
Jeff's been doing this for years.
and bowls like these.
You can find all of his work at mud werks dot blogspot