These raku, pit and saggar-fired pots are created for certain and finishes that unattainable in a high-temperature firing. They must be fired at a much lower temperature so the clay remains somewhat porous. For this reason, these pots are decorative and are not to be used for food or liquids.
RAKU POTS. Raku is a low-fire process in which bisqued pots are glazed, then heated red-hot until the glaze melts. I then lift the pots out of the kiln and place them in a bed of wood and pine needles. Then they are covered to produce a reduction atmosphere, which produces the look of the pot.
PIT AND SAGGAR. Pit firing is an ancient method in which pots are placed in a hole, covered with combustibles and fired. My pots are fired in pits that include sawdust, iron and copper to produce colorants that fume and embed red, orange and black swirls into the semi-porous clay body. Saggar firing is a similar process, except that each pot is enclosed in a pottery container, protecting it from the direct flame. All pots below are pit-fired unless noted otherwise.