During the fall of my senior year I came across pit firing, a primitive firing technique. Once I saw a few pictures of pit fired pieces I knew I wanted to do it, so the researching began.
What I found was the use of organic materials instead of typical glazes. Such organic materials include miracle grow, banana peels and pistachio shells, which are used for their chemical components.
At various temperatures during the firing process, the chemicals spontaneously combust and color nearby pots with the burst.
Unfortunately, the pots are semi-porous due and therefore are NOT food safe.
With the assistance of my teachers and fellow classmate the pit firing was a success and a great experience.
Personally, I love pit firing, because each piece is unique that cannot be replicated.
Below the gallery, I attached a video that demonstrates what I did for my pit firing, which was done at the Vernon Community Arts Centre. To visit their website, visit http://www.vernonarts.ca/