it's all about process it's all about process it's all about process it's all about process it's all about process it's all about process it's all about process.....
Anyone with more than a passing interest at ceramics will know that it's an excellent path to the art of surrender and letting go - a sub branch of zen bhuddism [ but with lots of swearing]
My own particular 'path' is at the more torturous end [and thus providing more opportunities for letting go.], that is the noble way of raku firing.
The randomness of the process, and the struggle to 'control' or manage this, is what appeals most, and provides I think, a wonderful reflecton of life; the struggle to create a sense of order in a chaotic universe. But I also love the fact its quick! [ ha- just like life again!]
I fire in a home-made gas kiln, and have worked this way, intermittently, for some fifteen years now -or longer than I care to count. Typically, work is bisque-fired first, and then subjected to any number of raku firings -until I'm 'happy' with the outcome -or it blows up. Of course, there is a law that says frequently both of these things will happen simultaneously.