Sawdust firing looks as good as it smells!

Who doesn't love a good campfire? That's what the smell of a sawdust fire reminds me of. But what I really love is the patina that comes from it. Rich earthy blacks, browns golds and what ever clay body base color you start with. When it's all done I clean it up, bake it in the oven at 200 degrees and seal it with wax. There isn't a single step in the sawdust fire process that I don't relish. No other process is so close to nature.

Picture progression;

1) Original white clay body prior to sawdust, (can be any unglazed body and/or slip colored body)

2) Old punched out popcorn can for sawdust fire container

3) Cleaned and waxed vessels

Because these vessels are wax sealed they are not appropriate for food and should be wiped clean with a soft damp cloth. More to fire tomorrow.

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I am thinking about applying gold leaf to the roping and interior of the middle vessel. Will take a while for me to make a decision.

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