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Sawdust Firing

From The Potter’s Dictionary of Materials and Techniques, by Frank and Janet Hamer, 1991,
ISBN 0-7136-3337-9, published by
University of Pennsylvania Press, 418 Service Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or
A&C Black Limited, 35 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4JH.

Sawdust Firing. A simple system of firing inwhich pots are set in sawdust within a brick or metal box with lid. The sawdust burns more slowly achieving sufficient heat to turn the clay into pot. Pockets of oxidation and reduction are caused which product interesting decoration especially on burnished red clays.