Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Another caveman pot

I went to my pottery class yesterday and collected a bizen pot that I made last week. Bizen is Japan's oldest pottery making technique and involves no glaze. The pot is fired at a much higher temperature than it would if it had been glazed and interesting affects can be created using different natural elements. With my pot, I wrapped straw around the pot and then put it in the kiln at about 1000 degrees. The straw creates red and brown scorch marks where it touches the pot. There are many very interesting affects (click here to see) that can be achieved using this technique and I'm excited to try more.

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