It is winter here at the moment and that means it is time for cooking pots in wood firings, raku and pit fires. It has been particularly cold and wet in the Blue Mountains over the last couple of months but this weekend the kiln gods were with us and it was perfect weather for a pit fire.
Many of my students have been making lots of beautiful burnished thrown and hand built pots to cook in the pit. It is a fun process but you never know what will come out.
There are usually some casualties and some gems and lots of fun in the process.
This year we had some extra special additions to our pit concoction.
I sourced a lot of cow manure which I was able to dry out in time for our special weekend.
My daughter inlaw collected lots of sea grass that had washed up in the river near her mums house.
We had lots of coffee grounds and banana and mandarin peal which I dried.
It is a pretty magic mixture that puts colour on to pots with the help of a bit of alchemy and fire.
AND NOT ONE BREAKAGE!
Time laps video of Day 1 - The Pit
click the linkLoading and Firing the pit
Time laps video of Day 2- The Opening
click the link
The Reveal- Opening the Pit
I run these workshops as part of my teaching practice here.
I have a small studio and I keep my student numbers to just a handful so that we have space to work
and time to focus on everyones work process.
At this stage my classes are full but I do have a waiting list.
If you are interested in workshops or classes please email me your contact details
via my web site
and I will let you know when a place becomes available.
You are most welcome to come along to my Open Studio on the 20th & 21st August
and check out exactly what it is we do here. :)