My work focuses on carbon trapped porcelain. Carbon trapping is a process in which the kiln is made very smoky at a certain stage in the firing, and the shino glazes are formulated to trap the carbon from that smoke at the right temperature.
This can produce a number of accidental results, which I love. There is a magic in opening a kiln full of surprises.
If the glaze traps no carbon, it is a bright orange (or white depending on the formula). Where it does trap carbon it can move between black, creamy, or grey – or a mixture of all of these. I also glaze with a green oribe that varies from glossy to satin depending on its spot in the kiln.
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