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Sawdust Black Firing: Results

Following are images of the sawdust black firing I did yesterday, luckily I squeezed it in between rain downpours. The rain began again about 2 hours after I unloaded the pit. I am happy with the results, and hopefully the pit firing will go equally as well, as the top part of these sculptures are the pit fired components, which you can check out in the Works in Progress category.
Also loaded the kiln for a glaze firing tomorrow, also works for the exhibition, so fingers crossed.


6 thoughts on “Sawdust Black Firing: Results

  1. NICE WORK!! What do you use to shine up your pieces?

    Posted by Sherry Potter | November 4, 2011, 1:35 am
    • Thanks Sherry… the work is burnished then low bisque fired to retain the sheen. After sawdust or pit firing I then apply a wax and buff…

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 4, 2011, 10:20 am
      • I’m pit firing on Monday for the second time. I didn’t use wax for the first firing. I was wondering what type of wax to buy? I know some use Butcher’s Wax. My work is bisque its a woodfiring clay that I wasnt able to woodfire. I am adding Copper Carb and Red Iron Oxide and Table Salt so the pit and I will see what happens. Thanks for the info.

        Posted by Sherry Potter | November 4, 2011, 10:31 am
      • Hi Sherry… there are many wax products: beeswax, liquid floor wax, neutral shoe polish… if you have not burnished them you may even try watered down PVA to give them extra shine…

        Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 4, 2011, 11:03 am
  2. Hi from a semi novice,
    sounds and looks exciting to attempt something exciting soon too…
    hope to build a quick fire down flow this spring of 1 metric cube size.. for sculptured raku.
    but sure.. no doubt this will have its flaws !! done some research though..

    Posted by Stephen Flynn | November 4, 2011, 6:34 am
  3. Good Luck Stephen… even if the kiln does not work the first time it is easy enough to mofidy the design 🙂

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 4, 2011, 10:22 am

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