Potter’s Search for Ashes from Wood Burning Stoves

Potter Delia O’Donoghue and a sample of her work for which she uses recyclable materials in the glazes. The Maine Valley Post

Knocknagoshel based potter, Delia O’Donoghue is putting out a request for the ashes of wood burning stoves.

This, she recycles as one of the many ‘waste materials’ to glaze her expanding range of products from her village workshop.

Waste Products Recycled

With sustainability in mind, I use as much of what some consider waste products and what I consider a byproduct for my pottery and glazes,” said the North Cork native, Castleisland resident.

Generally this consists of different types of ashes. At the moment my glazes are mostly made using oat husk ash and turf ash.

Coal Free Ash

I’ve also used mountbretia leaf ash, reed ash and iris leaf ash. I can use ash from most plants and trees but some are better than others for making glazes.

I would like to source ash from wood fires and stoves, where coal is not used at all. “Coal has far too many chemicals to make a good glaze.

Get Rid of Your Ashes

Should anyone want to get rid of their wood fire ash, I would be really happy to take it and hopefully turn it into something new and useful,” Delia concluded.

Anyone willing to collect their wood fire ashes and have it recycled into something useful can ring Delia on: 086 15 94 788.

For more on Delia O’Donoghue’s pottery just click on the link here: http://picdeer.com/deliaodonoghue

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