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Blackfiring: Saggar Bonfire

My most recent saggar bonfire was two weeks ago on the 16th November… we needed to clean up the underbrush from the property for the summer season, and whenever that happens I don’t pass up the opportunity to put some small works into the fire.

I am very happy with the outcomes, and will be making jewellery with the finished beads once I return from Italy. I am also happy with the little experimental teabowls I fired, and will definitely be doing more of those little gems.

The photo gallery below shows images of the process and step by step descriptions of the process. Click on the image for a larger view.




10 thoughts on “Blackfiring: Saggar Bonfire

  1. What a wonderful way to fire!

    Posted by High River Arts | November 26, 2012, 2:50 am
  2. Thank you so much for the detail and pictures of your process, especially for a small saggar for jewellry. A Canadian fanHelen Lyons Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:59:42 +0000 To:

    Posted by Helen Lyons | November 26, 2012, 9:33 am
  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. A fascinating account you have just given us. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | December 3, 2012, 10:22 am
  4. fascinating to see the process – that magical transformation is something I always find so remarkable. thanks for sharing this!

    Posted by sydney | December 6, 2012, 4:43 am
  5. Have you tired any glass in the cans..?

    Posted by rakuglass | November 18, 2018, 12:18 am
    • Hi there, no haven’t tried. Not sure if the heat would be high enough to melt the glass, and if it did, the pots 7 glass are exposed directly to the fuel, so the melted glass would pick up the combustibles – would probably be a muddy mess…. 🙂

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 18, 2018, 2:12 pm


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