The process of "Saggar-Firing" produces a finish look much like polished stone and people are often surprised to learn that they are actually entirely smoke decorated - no glaze!
These are wheel-thrown and when the clay is still leather hard, the surface is completely burnished with a small polished stone. I need to do this at least three times. This lays down the clay particles and results in an extremely smooth polished finish.
In the final firing, combustible materials (sawdust, seaweed, and various salts and minerals) are carefully positioned around the piece which is then wrapped in aluminum foil or nestled within another unglazed clay container (i.e., saggar). As the kiln temperatures approach 1350° -1650°, the combustibles and soluble minerals burn off and the resulting smoke permeates the smooth surface.
As you might expect, every piece is uniquely different!
Signed by the artist.
NOTE: Given the firing techniques, this piece is not food-safe or watertight.
Size: 6” H x 5” W
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