Smoke Firing Video Tutorial
Also included in my gallery showcase featuring more of my smoke fired original fine art ceramics.
Even with several years of experience at smoke firing behind me, I'm still learning. This was a test of smoke firing techniques I haven't used before. It will also serve as a basic tutorial for anyone who wants to try out smoke firing. The goal here was to reduce the amount of time it takes to smoke fire-blacken ceramic ware from overnight to a few hours in one day. Smoking the ceramic objects can be done in a pit dug into the ground or in an above-ground box made of brick, metal, or other fireproof material. In the past, the usual choice of fuel for me has been wood shavings or sawdust. This time, a stockpile of grass clippings from the summer's lawn mowings supplemented some newspaper in a cardboard box. Watch how roles were played by eggshells - and a wayward Mullein plant.