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There is a spontaneity about smoke-fired pottery that many potters find most appealing. Quite whether this is a reaction against the precision of more high-fired techniques, or simply the excitement and thrill of not being quite sure what will emerge, from a firing is uncertain. However, there is also a 'softness' and feeling of harmony about the resulting pottery that is most attractive. As this is a low-firing technique, it can be comparatively inexpensive to do. Indeed, kilns and glazes are not necessary. As with many traditional potters of old, some smoke-firing potters pile their pots on the ground, cover them with wood and set them alight. Others put their pots in holes, boxes and oil drums, cover them with sawdust and fire them. the possibilities are numerous and though the methods may seem primitive, the results can be very sophisticated.
In this book Jane Perryman discusses a wide range of smoke-firing methods. She uses the work of an international group of artists as well as that of traditional potters from Nigeria, India and the South West United States to illustrate the methods and to show the various qualities that can be achieved from smoke firing. She also discusses the possibilities of using this method with children of all ages. The simplicity and comparative inexpensiveness of smoke firing make it particularly suitable for use in schools. Smoke-fired pottery has been designed as an introduction and practical handbook to the subject. It is also intended as an inspiration for other potters and a source of delight for all those interested in ceramics.
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