Conventional firing process is not part of my vocabulary. My artistic pursuits are one part aesthetic, one part science, one part pyrotechnics, and alternative firing methods most satisfy these facets of my personality.
I have been experimenting in alternative firing methods since first being introduced to raku and primitive smoke firings in 1980 by Mikhail Zakin in my freshman year at Sarah Lawrence College. Since then I have focused on multi firing in oxidation with additions of glass, metal, and commercial lustres, raku firing in both electric and propane kilns, and lustre "strike" firing in oxidation where combustibles and volatile chemicals are introduced at key temperature in an electric kiln. Having once worked in a studio in an urban setting I was forced to become proficient in quick smoke fires that could be done in an afternoon in a garbage can or BBQ grill in the yard of a game friend or family member.
The technical and chemical proficiency required in these methods combined with the development of aesthetic form provide me with a most satisfying and fulfilling artistic life.