Some of the saggar fired pots
Stunning soft colours this time.
look who was guarding his saggar
So it finally happened. No rain and enough wind to produce stunning colours.
Some moments of the pit firing:
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The workshop has been rescheduled for two consecutive weekends:
The venue stays the same.
Splitting the group up into two events has opened space for participation and there are a few places left to book for this popular workshop.
For more information and booking contact me at ceramics@elsbethburkhalter or on my mobile no 082 3301066
The workshop was cancelled because of rain. It is unsafe to pack a damp kiln with pots. Although the pit was covered the soil was damp enough for steam to develop when firing which would result in cracking the ware.
This could have been remedied by lighting a fire in the pit to dry it out before packing it but there was not enough time to do this. I am working on finding a suitable weekend for the firing.
There will be 10 people attending the firings. I will enlarge the pit slightly to accommodate the work but am excited because with this amount of work in the pit a higher temperature can be reached. .
saggar fired tile
In this workshop we explore various ways of fuming using both saggars and an open pit.
The principle of the process is the same for both kind of firings. While saggars may be the answer for firing in an urban environment, the open pit holds no limitations as to the amount of work or the fuming materials used.
Each participant may make up to 6 small pots not bigger than 10cm x 10cm for the saggars and up to 4 pieces not bigger than 35cm x 35cm for the pit. The work will have to be bisque fired.
I will be busy next Wednesday building 3 small Raku kilns with my students. Thank goodness Yonit offered to bring someone along to weld the structures. I could not face it myself.....
Will keep you posted with pictures after the class.
_I am busy developing a new addition to my design range. These cups are made in porcelain with printed images depicting musicians ,land marks and stamps from a bygone era to the present. They will soon be ready to be marketed.
_Elsbeth Burkhalter was born in Switzerland, emigrated to South Africa in 1961, has 2 children and 4 grandchildren and
loves traveling in wild places. Besides her passion for making things in clay and making fires she loves books, music, movies, walking the dogs & creating exciting food..
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