this a quick sketch for Claudia but thought others may be interested too. This was my backgarden kiln in which I fired simple unglazed terracotta items.
There are other sawdust kilns to be seen online...Simon Leach and Nancy Gallagher are but two.
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Sarha thank you for your diagram on the kiln. I have always wanted to try this gut never have maybe I will now.
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Hi all Been in a creative funk so I thought I'd do a scene with fall colors using gel medium, gesso and watercolors applied with a palette Knife 11x14
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SARAH: are the terracotta pieces sitting on something? if so what? also, does the lid have to be clamped down kind of like a pressure cooker, or , can it just simply sit on the top. and..... when you ignite the sawdust, how do you know it is burning after you put the lid on, do you just wait and see if the pot heats up. and lastly, how large is the pot?
I wonder if a smoker pot would work and use the sawdust inside of it and sit the pieces on a wire rack? what do you think?
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FRED - WOW what amazing colors........ WOW love the texture
I wrote in the notes that pottery has to be sitting on and surrounded by the dry sawdust...number /size of pots depends on size of 'kiln'...they mustn't touch so I usually only fired one piece at a time. When the sawdust has ignited the lid is put on top.. smoke will come out of the funnel or hole pierced in the lid..
Try a smoker pot but you couldn't use a wire rack...it would warp in the heat and probably damage the pottery.
Hope this helps.
Thank you Sarah for the great idea. If I decide to try some terracotta clay moulding I will give that method a go..
Today My Norm is having major eye surgery again in his right eye. so wish us luck....
sure is quiet on the AD.... we need to have a discussion about something. any ideas, questions, thoughts, something on the happy side of life. I believe we all need something to get us out of the duldroms....
Geri, your eyeing things agaiin.... Big Brother is Watching.....
Sarah, thanks for posting the fascinating material about the kiln. Very interesting to read.
Fred, you couldn't prove a creative funk with this painting! The texture is beautiful, as are the subtlety and nuances of the colors. I just love it!
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
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Hello Jen....just think of the size of a dustbin (or whatever container you use), one third of dry sawdust for lower layer..place pottery in centre...cover with another third and then a third on top...finish with some kindling and light it. Place lid on top with care when sawdust is well alight.
Thank you Sarah for charing the kiln info and making the diagram. This will be a nice project to try out.
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Nice fall colors in your country road painting, Fred.
Yesterday Norm had his surgery and his blood pressure has spiked so tomorrow we are going to his regular doctor.
While sitting in the waiting room I did these pieces freehand with my ipad. They are excerpts from paintings that are hanging on their wall.