Pit Fired Clay

San Francisco, California


No items listed at this time
Sue Schwartz

Contact shop owner

Sue Schwartz

About BurningSandPottery

Sales 7
On Etsy since 2016

This San Francisco based shop features handmade pit fired pottery by local artist Sue Schwartz. Inspired by this traditional way of baking clay in many world cultures, Sue's pottery focuses on traditional vessels as well as nature based clay rattles. The clay is hand burnished, without glaze, and fired in the sand on the beaches of Northern California. The pit fire process uses an open fire to harden the clay, and natural elements for fuel and color such as seaweed, cow dung, and sawdust.

Shop policies

Last updated on

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

More information

Last updated on Apr 4, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Will my pit-fired pot hold liquid?

No - all pit fired ware is not glazed and will not hold water. They are intended to be decorative, or used for dried flowers, or other dry items. (crackers, bread, salt, spices, etc)

How can I clean my pot?

The pots can be gently rinsed with water and will absorb the liquid and dry on their own. They should not be soaked.

What makes the pots shiny?

Each pot is burnished (rubbed) with a shiny stone 3-4 times during the drying process. The burnishing compresses the clay molecules as the piece dries, creating a shiny surface.

Where do the colors come from?

The colors come from the outdoor firing process and natural materials added to the fire. A fire with more oxygen will produce more colors. Seaweed and copper are added to the fire to bring out colors. Areas of the pots that are black indicate surfaces that were buried in the sawdust base of the fire - and received no oxygen. All black pots were covered by a tin can in the fire to remove all oxygen.