Hi. I’m Tara, and I enjoy playing with mud.
Nothing is more soothing than the squish of clay between my fingers. There is quite satisfaction I have in taking dirt and turning it not only into a functional vessel, but one that looks like no other. I started taking classes at Northern Clay Center about 10 years ago, and have become with the process and outcome of ceramics ever since. I still have a day job as a Graphic Designer at Xcel Energy, but my happy place is and always will be with my mud.
Each piece is both microwave and dishwasher safe.
Why are soda-fired pieces unique?
The ceramics are heated to cone 10 (2350°F) in a gas-fired kiln. Towards the end of the firing, when the kiln reaches top temperature, a solution of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and soda ash (sodium carbonate) is sprayed into the kiln to create a special atmosphere. The intense heat causes the soda to vaporize, and the flame carries it throughout the kiln. When the soda vapor lands on the ceramics (or anything else), it creates a glaze. The flame sets more soda where it hits the piece directly, and less where it dances around. This creates an unpredictable surface effect, and a delightful surprise in shift of color and luster. Since each kiln load has different ceramics, the path of the flame that carries the soda will vary as well.
Each soda firing atmosphere is different, so therefore the pieces are never the same.