The passion potters possess pertaining to pit fire pottery is a hot topic! The more I work toward this direction the more excitement builds – tempered with the grounding mantra “it’s an experiment” of course.
Here is a great example of awesome pit fire work, found on Facebook, Guarnera Potter – be sure to check out his other pieces on Facebook!
Speaking of Combustables!
Banana peel. Orange-ish
Coffee grounds. Gray-ish, orange-ish
Copper carbonate and salt. Green, red and black
Copper, cobalt and iron sulphates. Blue and red colors
Copper wire. Most often black – if lucky red or green
Ferric chloride. Often used in splashes. Great tones from dark red to light pink
Sea weed. Colors depend totally on the type, the amount of salt in it etc.
Steel Wool (black patterns)
Many different kinds of other organic materials, nuts, leaves etc.
Excitement builds as bricks lay heavy in my mind. In a good way.
Building a pit-fire kiln has tickled the daydreaming niches of possibilities. Almost every day.
This book is hard to find But I bought it anyway.
And this Blog Inspired me in many ways!
Always thought it would be fashionable to wear one of these – especially with the bold colors, strong patterns, with some hanging chains of some kind of functionality and maybe even a throwing axe? LOL
Yes, the next step towards converting an electric kiln to a Raku kiln is getting a burner kit. A few options exist, including the:
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Ward Burner B3 Dual Burner System
Next steps for electric kiln to Raku conversion:
Remove the wire elements
Fill in or patch areas where soft (insulating) brick is thin or missing
Drill hole in metal and insulating bricks… maybe at a slight angle so the fire/flames circulate inside the kiln OR keep straight on. Either way it may be important to have an angled soft (insulating) brick to direct the flames to affect more wares
Refit the lid with ceramic fiber and/or other do other repairs.
Add wheels to the kiln stand
Secure the kiln to the kiln stand
Create a wooden ramp from the kiln storage area to the outside
Bonus: Possibly create a lid-sliding feature to act as a quick storage feature when opening the kiln during a fire
*During this time, I’ll start collecting dried organic combustibles, including, but not limited to: newspaper, sawdust, pine needles, and dried leaves. Closer to the firing time I plan to use discarded banana peels too. The great thing about this is to experiment (with care).
We survived the self quarantine. My heart and humility goes out to those who died or knew someone who died of Covid-19. Our lives were turned askew. We went through confusion, fear, depression and ultimately (hopefully) reconnected or connection with God and our higher power and Universe (deep self reflection). We are new survivors!
As states started to reopen in phases I found myself being gifted with kilns, as the universe heard my desire (or I fell in tune with my universal fate/destiny/path) to do some alternative pottery firings! I did purchase some hard refractory bricks.