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single pit firing-residual heat

updated sun 10 apr 05


Elizabeth Priddy on sat 9 apr 05

As I understand the true primitive process, you would leave the completely unfired pots on
cinders of the previous fire, this would allow the pots to get dried and begin the firing process over a period of a whole day. The pictures I have seen show one burned down pit with pots waiting on the cinders directly next to the working bonfire, so they would be heated thoroughly also by the proximant fire.

so the pots would probably be left stacked and ready to fire immediately after the first firing was down to cinders and the process repeated until all the pots available were done.

Or at least that's what I can gather. it seems remarkably similar to multi chamber kilns where the bisque is fired with residual heat from high fire work.

I am experimenting with above ground pits in a chimney kiln right now so anyone feel free to write offlist if you have any book suggestions for me...

Kate Johnson wrote:
...Anybody going from raw greenware to finished
product, pit-firing?

Percentage-wise, I'm assuming you lose more than 20% that way. (Truthfully,
I pretty much lost 95% when I tried it.) Anyone have thoughts on this?
Experiences to share?

Kate Johnson

Elizabeth Priddy

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