My studio is the place where I have been exploring the low-fire saggar ceramic firing process for several years. Saggar firing involves placing a pot inside a larger covered container to fire in the kiln. I have come up with my own combination of materials and technique that allows me to create unique results with this process.
I start with red terra cotta clay with which I make vessels. When they dry, I burnish the walls with a smooth stone and then brush some surface areas with white terra sigillata slip, leaving other zones red. After a low bisque-fire, I wrap copper wire and place copper-infused paper along with wood shavings around each pot inside its own saggar.
I fire the vessels in their saggars in a kiln, where the combustible materials fume and swirl around the pieces inside, creating an atmosphere of oxygen reduction in the enclosed saggars.
The carbon and minerals are deposited onto the original burnished red clay, the white slipped surfaces, and the varied vessel shapes. The temperature of the kiln and the length of firing also influence the results. The vessels are imprinted at the once-only intersection of elements of time, heat, materials, and form.
These pots manifest synergy of unique colors and patterns which I do not see in other saggar-fired work. I believe that I have brought the practice of saggar firing to a new place.
I’m also working on new forms, flat wall pieces instead of round vessels, to advance this technique.
You’re welcome to come visit my studio and see how my project is developing.
Visit her at: artistinclay.com