Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Pit firing is the oldest method for firing pottery. It uses objects to burn in order to make smoke that stains the piece. A foil saggar is a process in which the piece is wrapped in aluminum foil so that the objects that are placed inside the foil can burn and stain the piece in different ways and colors.
I think my piece was very successful. I sort of wish I would have done my original plan of an underwater type of thing where the fingers were coming out without the palm being visible. But I think my execution of what I ended up doing was great. The mini tile helped me understand how relief worked and was good practice of scraping away clay to reveal something. The cardboard was fun but I don't think my group's project necessarily helped with the main relief piece. I overcame shaping the fingers which was a problem I had. Getting the fingers to form out of the background was difficult, but it ended up working out.