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Barrel Pit and Saggar Firing, by Von Dassow

Barrel Pit and Saggar Firing, by Von Dassow

This new handbook reflects the growing interest in pit firing and related techniques. The articles included here were carefully selected to illustrate the wide range of approaches to barrel, pit, and saggar firing. Works ranging from wheel-thrown and coil-built pots to complex sculpture are tied together by a similarity in the firing process. Standard versions of these firing techniques as well as innovative variations are discussed.

Artists, teachers, students, and lovers of pottery will all find inspiration and education from these pages. Color images throughout.

“This Ceramics Monthly Handbook is just amazing! Not only is it full of pictures of captivating pots, but the diversity of techniques used in making them astounds. It is a real eye-opener for those who, like me, have spent their lives in ‘conventional’ potting, and a special treat for those who cannot afford the usual studio equipment. Here they will find a variety of methods that allow the firing of glorious pots in holes in the ground, in barrels, in improvised brick ‘kilns’--all ingenious ways of firing that require no more than a spot in the backyard.” --Lili Krakowski in Constableville, New York, USA

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