Soda Firing Earthenware with Justin Rothshank

In this video, we joined Justin Rothshank at his home studio in Goshen, Indiana, to prepare for, load, fire, and unload his low fire soda kiln. It's the perfect ... (Scroll down for more!)


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Preparation for Soda Firing

Justin starts out in his studio with some decorative techniques he uses on his soda-fired work. You’ll learn how he uses underglaze chalk, liquid underglaze, and glaze to add vibrant pops of color not typically associated with soda firing. Next Justin demonstrates how he mixes wadding, his soda solution, and shares some other tricks to get the most out of your soda firing.

Loading for Optimal Results!

As Simon Levin says, in atmospheric firing, “loading is firing.” Just like its high fire counterparts, low temperature soda firing requires attention be paid to the placement of pots in the kiln to get the best results. In this video, you can see exactly how Justin places pots, as he clearly explains the logic behind each choice.

Fast Firing

One of Justin’s favorite parts of low fire soda is the quicker pace of the process. Because his kiln is fairly small and he is not attempting to reach high-fire temperatures, Justin is able start the kiln in the morning before taking his kids to school, and cut off the gas before he goes to pick them up! You’ll get a sense for this quick pace as Justin explains his firing schedule and fires the kiln.

Analyzing and Enhancing the Results

One of the best parts of this video is seeing the pots come back out of the kiln. You’ll get to see the beautiful successes, not to mention the failures, and learn from it all! After unloading, Justin demonstrates how he cleans up the pots post firing, and how he enhances the surfaces with commercial and homemade gold and platinum luster decals.

If you are interested in atmospheric firing on a smaller scale, and at a lower temperature, this video is the perfect place to start. And for even more detail, Justin’s Low-Fire Soda book is the perfect supplement!

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