clifton wood on tue 7 feb 06
my nephew is an amazing guy. i know, we all think our nephews are phenoms.
he's 16, and LOVES to build things, including wonderful welding projects.
he's taking pottery at high school and has fallen in love with it.
but they only have a tiny kiln, and not much gets fired.
he doesn't have access to much money, but he's a brilliant scrounger...
i like to think that it's hereditary ;-)
i passed Lee Love's email on to him about beginner kilns. Thanks for
that posting, Lee... i think he'll really enjoy the links.
but how about pit firing? is that feasible?
any other "out there" ideas?
i do appreciate it.
Clifton, Norwich & Sabra
Taylor, in Rockport TX on tue 7 feb 06
Oh man have you ever got a great idea there.
Since moving to Rockport, TX I have fired more pots to completion in my
pit than I have in my electric kiln. I do love it though at present it is
All the wood I use in the pit is begged, borrowed, or stolen, so FREE
minus the time and labor. Pallet wood is good but you must break it up to
use it. Local shops often will give away good hard and soft wood
sawdust. When you mow the lawn, bag it and keep it for the pit. Same for
clipping trees in the fall or winter.
Some things to think about: You will want to do a soft bisque before pit
firing to improve the chances of the pieces coming through intact. You
will need to spend a little money if you want to add chemicals for color
effects. Here are some free choices. Collect rust from any source. The
smaller the flakes the better. Now you got some iron oxide. If you live
on the coast, go get a bucket of water and soak some plant material in it--
leaves, grass clippings, etc. Now you have some salts (sodium etc) in
Be prepared for a learning curve. My pit is still giving me a fit, but I
love the working out of it all. Good working it out!
Taylor, in Rockport TX
On Tue, 7 Feb 2006 09:57:58 -0500, clifton wood
>my nephew is an amazing guy. i know, we all think our nephews are
>he's 16, and LOVES to build things, including wonderful welding projects.
>he's taking pottery at high school and has fallen in love with it.
>but how about pit firing? is that feasible?
>any other "out there" ideas?
>i do appreciate it.
>Clifton, Norwich & Sabra