Pit Fired Pinch Pots
For the last 6 years I have done pit firings each summer out in Kittitas County at Green Canyon. This year with the wildfires, I opted to stay in Seattle to fire my pit fired wares. I made a special set of pinched plates, and platters for the firing and burned them in my back yard.
Pit Firing is a primitive firing process, where smoke and fire are recorded on the surface of a pot. No glaze is used,but the surface is made shiny by burnishing with a polished stone. I used colored slips, some natural and some made with mason stains.
|Terra cotta face cup|
A natural clay I use often comes from the hills near Ellensburg . It is dark brown when soft and orange when fired. It is a gritty basalt based clay that is high insulating, porous, and great for bricks. It cracks while drying, but will handle some burnishing.
These pieces are still very fragile. They are also porous, which makes them unsuitable for food. They are nice as art though, once they've had a rinse.