Smoke-fired Dish, 2005


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This dish was smoke-fired which is a wonderful technique for creating random, earthy colours. The only problem is that the result can be very fragile because the final firing is quite a low temperature and the clay doesn’t fully vitrify. But the effects can be amazing as they depend on the materials incorporated in the firing such as: salt, grass, leaves, copper wire, and seaweed. It is generally a slow process that takes place over a few hours – the opposite to raku firing.