Summer and Fall are perfect for experimenting with alternative firing techniques like barrel, pit, or raku firing. So for today’s video, I thought I would share a clip from Sumi von Dassow’s DVD Pit Firing and Burnishing.


In this clip, Sumi shows some ways you can doctor up your pots before pit firing to get some magnificent marks. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.




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This clip was excerpted from Pit Firing and Burnishing, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!

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For more great alternative firing techniques, be sure to download your free copy of Successful Tips and Techniques for Raku Firing: How to Select Raku Clays, Glazes, Kilns and Combustibles..


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