Hello, I am a new member, I am a potter living in Eugene, oregon. I have been a potter for about 7 years, and am just starting to make tea wares, and learning about the way of tea. I am really interested in local materials, as well as how the clay influences the tea. I have found some really nice deposits of red/purple clays here in our volcanic area, some very similar to Banko pots. I am very curious about the difference between reduction fired vs. oxidation fired teapots, as well as firing temperatures influence. I have clays that can easily withstand 1260 degrees, and was curious if it is bad to fire this high. Anyone have thoughts on this? Also, any thoughts on reduced vs. oxidized? One thing I haven't seen discussed is that if you get iron hot enough, even in oxidized firing, it naturally decomposes to reduced form, is this the same effect? Looking forward to some interesting conversations.