SWKC 2014

Two Kiln Firings: Oxidation and Reduction – William A. Lucius

I elected to consecutively fire two different kilns at the 2014 Southwest Kiln Conference held at Tijeras, New Mexico. The first kiln was fired in an oxidizing atmosphere and the second in reduction. Thanks to all participants who brought pots for the kilns, helped with the firings and those who provided additional photos for this […]



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Black-on White Trench Kiln Firing – Bob Casias

This year’s conference, held in Tijeras, New Mexico, enjoyed excellent firing conditions and the trench kiln firing produced quite a number of well fired pieces with distinct black-on-white designs produced. Approximately 45 pieces from various artist were fired. This volume of pottery required that length of the kiln be expanded to about 2.5 meters. This […]



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Non-Traditional Black on Black Firing – Jo Ann Weldon

For the 2014 SWKC held at Tijeras, NM, I chose to experiment with a modern technique for obtaining black-on-black pottery. This year’s firing was to be done without the use of hot coals under the firing base. It would rely only on “top wood,” wood placed around the firing chamber and lit after the pottery […]



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Arizona Oxidation Firing – Andy Ward

Background I have been working to accurately reproduce Salado polychromes (Roosevelt Red Wares) for several years, in the past year I probably conducted over 20 individual firings trying to get it right, sometimes firing one pot at a time so I could refine my technique when firing the next pot. During the course of this […]



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Results of Clay Field Trip

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 31, 2014, conference attendees dug clay in two locations, the first a yellow clay and the second a red clay. Jo Ann Weldon has formed and fired a pot from the first location, pictures are below.



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2014 SWKC Photo Gallery

Pictures of the 2014 conference. Click on the thumbnail to see them all. Over 200 photos including pictures of people making coil pottery, decorating pottery, pit firing pottery, open firing pottery, and more!



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Roger Dorr – Corrugated Pottery Demo

Roger Dorr, a potter and archaeologist from Arizona gave this presentation at the 2014 Southwest Kiln Conference on August 30, 2014. In this presentation he demonstrates how corrugated pottery is produced in the same manner as was used by the Anasazi, Mogollon and other ancient Southwestern cultures.



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