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Pit Fire pot 4
9" H x 10 1/2" W

Pit Fire, Hawaiian Style

This piece is a very rare form of pottery. The method of firing is the way the Hawaiian potters create their pit fire pieces. I was taught how to do this firing technique by Hawaiian potter Ramon Camarillo. The pieces are fired in an empty oil drum filled with sawdust and hardwood. Unlike the pit fire technique in most Western studios which take about 24 hours to completion, this type of technique is done in about 4 to 6 hours. At a critical time in the firing, chemicals are thrown on to the pieces and create the colored patterns. The black is where the pot is buried in the sawdust and the color patterns is where the piece is not buried in the sawdust. When completed, they are covered with a wax. Like Raku, these pieces were not meant to hold water and are mainly decorative.

Pit Fire Pot 4

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  • Handmade item
  • Material: Clay
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