Woodfired Cremation Urn 5”w x 5”w x 7” t liner shino glaze ash crystal
A storage container like no other. The direction of ashflow is evident when rotating this piece. Deep rich umber and brick colors are heavily contrasted with sharkskin like greys that then are punctuated with gold yellow crystalline like patterns. A cap style lid could easily be affixed to this piece should one want to use it as the final resting place for a loved one’s ashes which would be fitting considering the extraordinary life of this pot. There is a liner shino glaze which fired to a warm salmon orange pink hue. There are four small feet which create the illusion of levitating lightness.
Woodfiring Ceramics is both timeless and ancient, alluring and backbreaking. Starting with the wood as the sole fuel source is key to any atmospheric woodfiring. Next is the kiln, Kickwheel is blessed from having been invited to participate in the Anagama styled firings at Rock Rose Studios in Mendocino County. Third is the core group of skilled Artisans who tend to the kiln as it fires, a round the clock, 24 hour a day endeavor for the entire duration of loading and then subsequently firing off the kiln. Finally, The Fire. Fire within the kiln gets its own notoriety here as a living, breathing, thinking and feeling entity mainly because of what it can do and how it does so. Woodfiring is no task to be taken lightly and a successful woodfire actually takes over a decade to fully accomplish and admire.
The wares that go through a woodfire process are immediate antiquities simply for having survived what can be a chaotic and tumultuous time. Due to the woodfire environment wares can warp, become roughened or even get destroyed if any of the multitude of variables are even a little off.
Fired in an Korean/Japanese Anagama style kiln for over a week with wood being the sole source of fuel. This style of firing dictates that the kiln needs to be tended and stoked to the whole time. 4 pairs of stokers patiently babysit the fire, and skillfully feed it with precision and accuracy. A demanding process that requires a thoughtful attention to the amount, type and size of split wood.