Breaking News
Add your breaking news in the heme panel

Copper Reds and Reduction Refires – Cone 10 Gas Firing – Does It Help A Glaze To Refire It?

Copper Reds and Reduction Refires – Cone 10 Gas Firing – Does It Help A Glaze To Refire It?

To Refire Or NOT to Refire – That is the question!

My last firing resulted in glazes that were not quite mature, so I decided to put them back through the kiln and see if I couldn’t improve them.  To some, I sprayed on a bit more glaze, but I didn’t add any more copper red.  Interestingly, I did reduce the firing – but at 950 degrees celcius – not the 750 degrees or 850 degrees that I usually do…and I got even better copper reds.  So….what the hey!  You just never know!  Copper Reds are an illusive beast!

The results were pretty good, so thought I’d post a few pics.  Better to refire than take the hammer to them if they can be improved.  If they still look awful, then I bash them!

Cone 10 Gas Reduction Refires

Blue Green Rabbit’s Fur resprayed onto bowl.

Cone 10 Gas Reduction Refires

Blue Green Rabbit’s Fur sprayed over glaze.

Cone 10 Gas Reduction Refires

Added more glaze as the first firing was very thin and ugly.

Cone 10 Gas Reduction Refires

Sprayed more chun on to the edges, but didn’t add more red (I was out of red glaze!). But it reduced and got a better red colour.

Cone 10 Gas Reduction Refires

This big bowl was just tooooo stripey. The refire softened the stripes.

Cone 10 Gas Reduction Refires

Added more chun to the edges.

Written by Marian Williams

5 Comments

  1. Chez Pottery · November 7, 2014

    you should be doing a “Happy Dance”..they are spectacular

  2. Julie sieving · November 7, 2014

    Those turned out really nice Mai

  3. Suzi Swinford · November 10, 2014

    I think those are beautiful! WOW – I’d be real happy.

  4. Beverly Helfer-Grand · February 25, 2016

    Just found you. Spectacular stuff!

What do you think?