Soda firing is an atmospheric technique of glazing pottery. When the kiln is reaching peak temperature of 2350 F, a solution of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate is introduced into the kiln. The sodium in the solution, bonds to the silica in the clay, creating a fine coating of glass over all the pots. On unglazed pots, this means they will have variations that range from natural clay, to burnt orange or deep red, to an orange peel textured clear glaze. On glazed ware, the soda atmosphere gives a shimmering finish to glazes by helping them melt more completely on the surface.
ABOUT WAKEFIELD STUDIO
Wakefield Studio LLC is the studio of Peter Wakefield Jackson, a potter with more than 35 years experience making pottery by hand. Peter first started making pottery in 1971, and is interested in beautiful form, simple utility, the history of potters and pottery, and the ongoing struggle for viability in the marketplace for handmade artisan goods.