As some of you may know from my previous post, this week I completed my first pit firing. If you are interested in knowing more about this fascinating and ancient pottery technique, you can read more about it here.
I pulled these pots out from the pit early this morning. I could not resist getting up early to do so. You see I have been thinking about doing a pit firing for a few years now.
I awoke to a pit that was mostly full of ash, with a few remaining hot coals. Carefully I removed the pots, some of which were still covered with ash.
After a careful and gentle cleaning, I was really happy with some of the results. Particularly pleasing was the fact that not one of my pieces broke! Pit firing is notorious for breakage.
This type of firing requires that you wax the pots afterwards. I used beeswax, which really helped out to bring out the depth of colours in the pieces. Some people use clear coat spray on them, but I wanted to stick with more traditional methods.
These pieces are not water tight or food safe, thus they are purely decorative and little works of art and living history.
Seeing the pit afterwards and after reviewing my notes of what I put in various parts of the pit and applied to the pots, I have some ideas for my next pit firing.
Yes, I am going to try this again.
From a personal perspective, I really enjoyed the process, both on a physical and emotional level. It seems appropriate that this would be one of my first firings after my own trial of fire. From the flames can come great transformation, personal alchemy.
What do you think of this technique and pots? Are there any pieces that speak to you, or that you like? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! If you are interested in seeing more pictures of these and other pieces you can check out my new gallery I have set up for pit fired pottery on this page.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!