Sawdust firing is a random and unpredictable technique which depends for its color and effect not on glaze, but on a direct relationship between clay and fire. This book demonstrates the work of potters who have developed ways of controlling and exploiting this exciting technique. The attraction of sawdust firing for potters lies in the beautiful effects created on the surface of the clay as a result of the contact between body and smoke. In The Complete Potter: Sawdust Firing, Karin Hessenberg provides a brief introduction to the process, discussing the ways in which the clay and fire interact, and the range of color effects that can be achieved. She further examines various types of sawdust firing through the work of different potters, each of whom describes his or her methods and ideas. Illustrated in full color, this book will provide potters of all abilities with a thorough understanding of the techniques needed to achieve successful results.
Preface 1. Introduction 2. The relationship between form and smoke 3. Body stains, slips and lustres 4. Terra sigillata 5. Fuming 6. Sawdust and saggars 7. Resist techniques in firing 8. Sawdust kilns 9. Related firing techniques Technical notes Glossary List of suppliers Bibliography Index