This book covers techniques of firing and finishing at low temperature
without using glazes. Many ancient cultures and contemporary potters
use methods of low firing, adding slips and burnishing pieces to create
a more natural finish. The advantages are that it can be done without a
kiln using old dustbins, pits dug out of the earth, or bonfires,
meaning that providing you have outdoor space, it can be done on a low
budget. This book is a step-by-step practical approach and
beginner's guide, which focuses on how to do low firing and natural
finishes, with many illustrations of beautiful work by contemporary
makers. Chapters include
burnishing, terra sigillata, smoke-firing, pit-firing, saggar firing
and raku techniques.
Sumi von Dassow makes burnished pottery, teaches at a centre for traditional arts, and runs occasional pit-firing workshops. She contributes articles for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. The American Ceramic Society have previously published books by her; Barrel, Pit and Saggar Firing, in 2001, and Electric Kiln Pottery in 2003.