This is a clip about lunch for the Pottery School pit fire at the beach. We forgot to bring BBQ equipment but hey you can do a lot with Raku tongs, Raku gloves, a shovel, a length of heavy gauge copper wire, and a healthy dose of ingenuity… Kudos to Mike, Liz, Aimee, et al. for being so inventive.
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This is a video clip of a group from The Pottery School in Pioneer Square doing a pit fire at the beach in late July.
The firing was pretty similar to the Vashon Island firing except most pieces had no terra sig on them. They were all bisqued to cone 06. Here is what I have written down in my notebook about the pit layout:
- pine sawdust: ~3 inches
- horse dung: ~ 1/4 to 1/2 inches
- copper carb: ~ 1/2 coverage of pit bed
- baking soda: sprinkled around (but not on top of) some pots (not a lot)
The pots were mostly in a single layer (only 2 small pots were on top of other pots.) Copper carb was used more sparingly than the Vashon firing, and there was none on top of the pots. Besides the usual salted raffia, Chore-Boy copper netting, and steelwool strands that I brought, the participants also used copper wire of different sizes, inclulding some heavy gauge ones, as a fuming material.
Finally, thanks to Jenny and Pär who took over the cameraman’s job, you can now see me spraying soda into the soda kiln, too. Enjoy.
BTW it looks kind of dangerous, but really is not. No need to worry for me.. :-)
Here is another video of pottery making — in this case a very smoothly executed Raku firing with excellent team work by Susan (with the tongs) and Sandy (with the lids.) Enjoy!
I know, I said that I started this blog to talk about pit firing; but I’m also taking a soda firing class at Pottery Northwest, and I happened to have gotten some good footage of a fellow potter spraying soda into the soda kiln during her firing last week. Oh yeah, I did exactly the same thing a couple days before I took this video for my own firing — but there was no one there to make a video of me doing the pyromaniac thing… Anyway, enjoy. (BTW, Marge is the one spraying, and Brad is the one helping to remove and replace the brick. Great team work!)