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Raku, Pit & Barrel: Firing Techniques

Posted On December 10, 2013 Comments Off on Raku, Pit & Barrel: Firing Techniques

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;span style=”font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;In &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;em&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Raku, Pit &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Barrel: Firing Techniques &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/em&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;you’ll discover some of the most beautiful alternatively fired work, as&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; well as extensive how-to techniques and step-by-step instructions to help you duplicate the processes in your own studio. Explore dozens of techniques and discover the many special effects available using these ancient firing methods. You’ll love the experience of working with glowing red-hot pieces in a raku kiln, uncovering pots from a pit fire or peeling the aluminum foil off your latest saggar experiment.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>


Ceramics Decorating Video: How to Mix and Apply Terra Sigillata for Burnishing Pottery

Posted On December 18, 2009 32 Comments

In today’s video, an excerpt from her new DVD Pit Firing and Burnishing, Sumi von Dassow demonstrates how to mix and apply terra sigillata to burnish into a beautiful sheen.


Aluminum Foil Saggars: An Easy Alternative to Traditional Clay Saggars

Posted On December 9, 2009 34 Comments

Today, in an excerpt from her new book Low Firing and Burnishing, Sumi Von Dassow explains how potter Edgeworth Barnes fires his pottery in aluminum foil saggars with great results.


Make Your Pottery Shine Without Glaze: Sumi Von Dassow Explains the Basics of Burnishing Pottery

Posted On October 5, 2009 17 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from her new book Low Firing and Burnishing, Sumi Von Dassow explains the basics of burnishing pottery, from the tools to use, to a couple of basic techniques.


Posted On December 17, 2008 0 Comments
As compared to burnishing, the act of creating a shiny surface on terra sigillata (or any clay or slip) by rubbing with soft cloth, a soft brush, or a piece of plastic film. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

terra sigillata

Posted On December 16, 2008 0 Comments
Ultrarefined clay slip that can give a soft sheen when applied to bone-dry wares and if polished or burnished while still damp may give a high gloss. 


Posted On December 5, 2008 0 Comments
Very soft, pliable animal skin—when wet works well to smooth wet clay surfaces. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

Joan Carcia’s Terra Sigillata Recipe

Posted On March 26, 2008 1 Comment

On Monday, we brought you Joan Carcia’s saggar-firing technique. Today, as promised, we’ll share the other secret to her success with this technique: her terra sigillata recipe. Enjoy!


Building, Packing and Firing Saggars

Posted On March 24, 2008 4 Comments

This week, we will take a look at how Carcia uses terra sigillata, vegetation, oxides and salts to make her vividly colored work.