Most commonly, the ceramist will use the Oxidation type of firing for their ware. This is typically done in an electric kiln; but can also be done in gas kilns. In this process, the kiln has adequate oxygen to interact with the glazes during the firing stage. The results are most typically bright and rich colours.
Oxidation is the opposite of reduction and refers to a kiln atmosphere where enough oxygen are present to fully combust fuel. To gain heat in a kiln the atmosphere must be one of oxidation. The metals present in the body or glaze turn into oxidised states which is rust for iron and green for copper, and so on.
Kay Manolas, Hayley Bangham, Sandra Vernonrose, Sue Jones passionately produce pottery from their home studios in Dunsborough & Busselton. They can occasionally be seen in and around our pottery gallery interacting with fellow artists and customers.
The work they contribute to the gallery venue is hand-thrown and produced in small batch production cycle.