One of the things I have learned at the Ottawa School of Art from teacher/artist Penelope Kokkinos was the existence of “kiln gods”. Prior to firing the kiln, artists make a little figurine with fresh clay and put it on top of the kiln (outside) to ensure a good firing. In today’s era it could be thought of as a useless superstitious activity but I think of it as part of the charm of the ceramic practice. Since a lot of what happens in the kiln or even during the construction of a piece is mysterious to the maker (chemical reactions happen depending on the glaze material, the placement of the work in the kiln, the flow of heat…) why not putting all the chances in your favours? 🙂
Here are some of these cuties hanging around after firings in the OSA kiln room.