Linda - Pacifica on mon 14 aug 06
BTW, I've had a report from someone that they couldn't view this website. Please let me know if you have trouble. Don't what I can do about it except complain to iWeb.
Vince Pitelka on tue 15 aug 06
Linda provided her blog website with pictures of the firing and vessels from
the Ancient Clay workshop I taught at MIchael McDowell's farm and studio
several weeks ago. We had a wonderful time, with a great group of
participants. Linda's blog includes both narration and images, and the
address is http://web.mac.com/ltferzoco/iWeb/LTF%20Site/Blog/Blog.html
Linda, I do appreciate you posting this information and the images of your
beautiful pots (they really were very fine). But let me clarify that this
was not a pitfiring, and these are not pitfired vessels. These were
bonfired. Pitfiring is where you lay the pots in a pit, bedded in sawdust
with chemicals, various combustibles, and other things that will affect the
pots. You build a bonfire above the pit, and the coals burn down through
the sawdust and other materials. A pitfiring develops higher temperatures
than a bonfiring.
For everyone's clarification, the bonfiring we did was a blackware
bonfiring, and the cage that contained the pots was placed in a pit we dug
in order to provide the needed dirt to smother the firing after dumping on
the sawdust and crushed manure. In other settings, if there is an adequate
pile of dirt, sand, or ashes available, I always do these bonfirings
Also, Linda, please don't go anywhere near that ocarina with the gorilla
glue. For all porous ceramics, the best thing is plain old Elmers wood glue
(the yellow stuff). Just have a damp sponge handy to wipe off any excess
that squeezes out of the cracks.
Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee Technological University
Smithville TN 37166, 615/597-6801 x111
Taylor Hendrix on wed 16 aug 06
Bon bonfire, madam.
I do so love putting the fire to the pile! When you're ready with
more pots, dig yourself a proper pit and then REALLY see some
Three cheers for the primitive fires.
Nice legs, Vince.
Taylor, in Rockport TX
Linda - Pacifica on wed 16 aug 06
Thanks teach! I'll get the yellow glue today. I've got some new vessels I'm working on for a REAL pitfiring on Ocean Beach in San Francisco in two weekends. Gotta get that terra sig started today!
On Wednesday, August 16, 2006, at 06:11AM, Vince Pitelka wrote:
But let me clarify that this
>was not a pitfiring, and these are not pitfired vessels. These were
>Also, Linda, please don't go anywhere near that ocarina with the gorilla
>glue. For all porous ceramics, the best thing is plain old Elmers wood glue
>(the yellow stuff). Just have a damp sponge handy to wipe off any excess
>that squeezes out of the cracks.