The Pit Fire was unloaded this morning.
We all gathered round and unloaded our pieces, dumping the ash out of our cans. The pieces in the back were mostly black. Rosie’s dear fox – exploded, so I will not put in a piece that I can’t bisque first. Pieces near the chimney had hardly any colour, though Lyndal’s turtles had some lovely peach colour from the banana peel, and Jan got some lovely rust colour from the seaweed.
The mica terra sig. gave some lovely sparkle, even through the black on my rune stones. Victoria got a little colour from the oxides she added to her terra sig. as well. And Jan’s Hedgehog was black on the inside, where there were coffee grounds, and stayed shiny, but with more dark spots on the terra sig and burnished side.
All in all it is not nearly as exciting as a Raku fire, so I think that must be our next adventure in the fall…
I have been wanting to do a pit fire YEARS, and I am finally getting it done.
Folks from the MERA Pottery created one or two pieces each from: Tuckers brown (^6) or white (^10) sculptural Clay.
Some are covered with Terra Sig. and or Terra Sig. mixed with Mica Power, found by local prospectors – Moses and Deb.
Detail Jan’s Hedgehog
All but the fox were bisque fired to cone 018.
I built the pit kiln in our back yard, open shelter, designed to use for making maple syrup in the spring, and doing pit and raku firing other times in the year. The shed was finally finished late last fall, and we had our first maple syrup season in it this spring.
First I gathered the materials to burn in the pit fire:
Wood chips and scraps from next winters fire wood.
Sawdust from under Bill’s electric table saw
Seaweed from the beech around Louisbourg, and Charcoal from maple syrup fires last spring
Dried Leaves from last fall
Manure from Laurie and Pat’s Cows
The Pit Fire is happening Monday. So stay tuned.