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Pit and Saggar Fired Smokeware

 

by Artist Carol Ratliff  

 

 

     

                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saggar means clay container.  Originally, it was used to protect the ware from the falling debris in a wood fire.  Today, in contemporary ceramics it is used to trap the smoke and fumes, and fired inside a gas or electric kiln. Pieces are placed in the saggar on a bed of saw dust with leaves and or seaweed held close with clay shards.

Pit Firing is done as the name implies... in a pit.  This is the first known method for firing clay pieces.  Ceramic Wares are placed into a fire pit and a wood fire is carefully built around and on top.  Other burnables are added to create a blush of color, leaf imprints, or seaweed marking from the firing.  Indian Blackware is achieved by smothering the fire with cow dung.

The clay body at a low temperature firing remains very porous.  Beautiful smoke patterns and a variety of colors can be achieved producing one of a kind artworks, without a glaze.  The pieces are sometimes sealed to bring out the subtle colors, but still remain porous and are not recommended for functional use, other than with dried flowers, with a plastic insert for fresh flowers, or as a wall hanging.  Dry storage is fine.

 

 

 
 

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