Single Fired Buttons by Vika
Last week on Tool Talk Thursday, I focused on the option of firing ceramic beads, buttons and pendants just one time instead of the usual bisque and glaze firing. This week I wanted to show you some pictures of some Single Fired work. We begin with an assortment of buttons by one of our blog authors, Victoria Cochran, known as Vika on Etsy, who has been doing the single fired technique for the past year. She uses stoneware and porcelain clay. I am so impressed by the wonderful results she is getting. Not to mention the fact that she does fabulous work.
Single Fired beads by MartiC
Marti C made these lovely feather beads from a stoneware clay body and fired them only once. She tells me she makes them much as any other beads:
"I roll out the clay the usual way, I measure to make them a similar size by just using a cut out and then I shape them by hand by rolling between the palms of my hands, or pinch them with my fingers to a bicone shape. I usually poke a water soaked, round toothpick through them for the hole, or use a straw to cut out the hole, depending of course, what size hole I want them to be.
Pendants and flat beads are laid out to dry on ceiling squares that absorb the water from the clay and can be covered with another ceiling tile.
After they dry, I use a wet sponge to take off the rough edges.
After that is all done, I glaze them, usually two coats, and hang them to fire in the kiln and hope for the best.
This white batch of clay is Laguna B Mix and the speckled clay is Laguna as well, from Byesville, Ohio."
a recent kiln load of single fired beads by Marti C. Fired to Cone 6. You can see more of her gorgeous work on her Etsy Shop
Clearly the Single Fired process is within the range of anyone accustomed to making ceramic beads. The glazes used are commercial in the examples I have shown.
Single Fired Fibula by Vika
Buttons by Vika The Doors of Tripoli
If you want to read more about contemporary potters who are using the Single Fire technique you can check out this discussion on the Electric Cone 6 Mid-Fire Potters group here . Thank you Victoria for this link info.