Raku & Pit Fire Pottery
Pit firing is a primitive style of pottery. No glaze is used, the color on the the pots comes from the action of the fire itself. Some colorants (copper & epsom salts) are added to the fire but I have little control over the outcome. The pots are like a blank canvas, the fire is the artist. To enhance color the pots are covered with thin coatings of fine white clay called "terra sigilatta." Polishing 'terra sig' can be a tedious process but results in a beautiful sheen unattainable in any other way. See my poem for a fuller description of the dangers of falling in love with this finish. For a good laugh, click here to read about Ptolomy's Last Pot (An Ode to Terra Sigilatta)
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