Jennifer works in two firing techniques: low-fire electric, and high-fire wood.
Her colorful low-fire work is thrown on a potter's wheel, or hand-built, and often reflects her passion for mycology (the study of mushrooms).
This porcelain ware has endured the lengthy process of wood fire. The work was first thrown on the potter’s wheel, trimmed, dried, sculpted then bisque fired in an electric kiln. An Anagama kiln is a Japanese designed kiln that is long and built into a hillside, which helps draw the flames naturally through the kiln. Loading the kiln takes more than three days. Once the firing process begins, a crew of potters throws over four cords of chopped wood, non-stop, into the kiln over a seventy hour period reaching 2400*F.
The wood kiln firing is an active agent in the process of decoration. The ware is glazed by the ash that deposits on the clay body during the firing. This exciting procedure brings unique results to each piece, which varies a great deal depending on its placement in the kiln, clay body, and type of wood used. Seeing the side that was blasted with fire might have a darker matte surface. The opposite side will have a flashing effect from the flames licking the form. Some ware even has beautiful drips of a bluish gray color built up from ash that collected inside the kiln and dripped. The clay artwork that survives the firing takes on beautiful qualities and may warp a bit from the force of the flame and high temperatures. These are all beautiful touches that you can see when viewing a microscopic wood fired surface. All ceramic work is vitrified at the high temperatures, giving qualities of being microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.