Pit Firing 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

An alternative process hailing from the very origins of pottery.

 

A spectacle, a social occasion and a ritual.

 

 

Preparation of the pots:

 

We used a variety of forms made from different clay bodies. Grogged clay to avoid thermal shock and a smooth earthenware for the purposes of burnishing.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burnished white earthenware, bisque fired to 1060 degrees. Wrapped in string soaked in copper sulphate and wrapped in a heavy duty foil saggar.

 

 

Preparation of the pit:

 

  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Layers of 'fuel' not unlike an organic         lasagne. 

 

 

 

     

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fire burned for a couple of hours and then set into a smouldering pattern until it reached the pots and fuel at the bottom. After a while of being fascinated with the flames we also settled down for some tea and cake.

 

The next morning the pit was still very hot.... not being the most patient of characters, I started to dig out the ceramics I could see with my raku tonges.  

 

 

Results....following a great deal of washing and drying:

 

 

 

White earthenware, burnished, String and copper Sulphate 

Angela Tait 2015

 

 

 

 

Slip cast Plate, Pit fired with banana skin, copper sulphate copper wire and metal washers

Charlotte Bishop 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Handbuilt ceramic forms, pit fired

Sladjana Ivanis 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Extruded forms, pit fired with organic materials

Angela Tait 2015