Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Barrel Fired Pottery

Another successful barrel firing. I think this is my fourth firing and I've had really good results each firing. This vase is approximately 13 inches tall and approx. 5 inches at the base.

The colors come from copper carbonate and WalMart brand MiracleGrow (plant food). The black markings are where the pot was laid into the bed of sawdust and of course the patterns of the colors are a result of the swirling flames inside the barrel.

This vase was burnished in its leather-hard state, bisque fired and then barrel fired. Once the vase was pulled from the ashes I wiped it clean and then buffed it up with a little bit of paste wax.