Firing Pottery in a Pit Kiln

Some of the world's most beautiful ceramic ware has been produced by firing pottery using an outdoor pit kiln.



070 firing pottery 1 unfired pottery
A pit kiln can be a little finicky, so before firing pottery make sure you practice on expendable pieces. These are good quality pieces.
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070 firing pottery 2 initial heating
Heat the earthenware around a pile of burning twigs and manure.
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070 firing pottery 4 baked and cooling pottery
After the fire dies, uncover the finished pottery and allow it to cool. 
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070 firing pottery 3 covered fire
Make a "kiln" by placing pottery shards and sheet metal over the open flames.
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070 firing pottery 5 caserole and lid
The simple pit kiln produced a casserole pot and lid. 
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070 firing pottery 7 plate
Here is a decorative plate and pitcher (mostly concealed in the grass).
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070 firing pottery 8 finished pieces
Finished pieces, fired and ready for use.
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070 firing pottery 6 vase
A graceful vase also emerged from the kiln. 
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