Salt Fire workshop with Bob Reimer 2011

The Mount Pleasant Potter’s Guild is phenomenally lucky to have access to a salt kiln. North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre has a brand new salt kiln which is ready to go once NMPAC gets final approval from the City of Calgary.

Just what is a salt firing?

Salt is introduced to the kiln toward the end of the firing process. The salt vapourizes, and the sodium reacts with the surface of the pot to produce a fluxing reaction on the surface of the pot – producing a glaze. The glaze will vary depending on where the pot is in the kiln and the surface preparation prior to firing.

 

The following pictures were taken during a workshop with Bob Reimer using our old salt kiln.