Soda Kiln Firing
If you've been following my social media, you may have seen I was lucky enough to have taken a trip out to Kansas in August 2023 to take a soda firing workshop hosted by Isaac Shue and taught by Kevin Kowalski where we built and fired a soda kiln (converted from an electric kiln body) all within a weekend. I liked it so much, I'm building one at my home in Northern KY!
This workshop will be roughly the same process we went through with Kevin, where I took ample notes. The workshop fee will help offset some of the firing costs, glazes, etc. You can bring 6-10 bisque pieces that are able to fire to cone 6. You’ll be able to use any of my existing mid-range glazes (I mixed 3 new glazes and a flashing slip just for soda as well). We’ll provide all meals for the weekend and I can host 2-3 people at the house if you're traveling from out of town. Please let me know if you’d like to stay at the house or have any dietary restrictions.
The workshop will be hosted at my home at 138 Hope Ln, Highland Heights, KY 41076.
Rough schedule for the weekend
Friday, Feb 2
7:30a start on kiln build
12p break for lunch
1:30p finish kiln build
3p? Glazing and wadding
5p start loading kiln
Saturday, Feb 3
6:30a start firing kiln
Check on it throughout day until adding soda
Add soda mixture when getting close to top temp
Shut kiln off once it’s reached cone 6
Sunday, Feb 4
6a check temp & prop lid
11a unload kiln
Plan to arrive Thursday night if you’re out of town and we’ll be done Sunday afternoon once unloading is complete.