Smoke fired pottery
Here are examples of the primitive smoke firing technique applied to various art forms.
Red and white earthenware bowls. Fired to 950°C and smoke fired in sawdust. Coil built, 8" tall.
Coil built spherical vessel smoked in sawdust.
Red earthenware clay. Coiled and textured using a grooved wooden tool. Glazed inside. Smoked outside. 14" tall.
Oriental style vessel with bamboo handle. White earthenware clay and grogged stoneware. Smoked finish.
Made from West Sussex clay. Burnished, fired to 1000°C and glazed inside with a lead glaze then smoked and waxed. Iron present in the clay makes it fire a lovely terracotta colour.
Three Textured Vases
Coil built in red or white earthenware. Necks textured using a woodcarving gouge. Glazed inside and smoked in sawdust. Fired to 1000°C.
Coil built using red earthenware, glazed inside. Texture achieved by using a grooved wooden tool and a stiff brush. Fired to 1000°C and again smoked in a sawdust kiln.
Clay from a building site in Lizard Village. 20% medium grog added to improve workability and fired strength. Smoked. 13" diameter.
Red earthenware clay bulbous vase, glazed inside, smoked outside. 14" high.
Coil built. Glazed inside and top/bottom. Gold lustre applied onto glaze and fired to 750°C.
All made with clay from Lizard Village. Coil built – fired to 900°C and decorated with Elm twigs. Unglazed, 3"–6" tall. Sawdust smoked.
Coil built and based on the native plant found in woodlands – arum maculatum. White earthenware with yellow stain. Smoked in sawdust and wax finished.
Clay: equal parts white earthenware and grogged stoneware. Glazed inside. Smoked in a sawdust kiln.
Coil built using clay dug and refined from Lizard Village. Fired to 950°C. Smoked in sawdust kiln and waxed.
Red earthenware clay. Glazed inside, smoked outside. 14" high.
Coiled using red earthenware clay. Glazed inside, smoked outside.
Small Rimmed Bowl
Small smoked vessel with a glazed rim and interior – a lovely little pot for an 80th birthday present.
Coil built vessel smoked in sawdust.
Coil built. Fired to 950°C and smoked in sawdust.
Earthenware bowl with a glazed rim and interior, smoked in many contrasting colours. A gift for a family member.