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Saggar

Saggar fired wares are not glazed, their interesting surfaces come from a wide variety of materials. I first begin with a mixture called “swamp juice,” which consists of miracle grow, sea salt, baking soda, cottonseed meal and copper carbonate. It gets mixed with water until it turns bubbly and doubles in size, and then I paint it onto the pots in random patterns. Next I place aluminum foil on a table and paint some swamp juice onto it. I then sprinkle other materials onto the foil; like cheesecloth, burlap, steel wool, a copper dish scrubbie, bronze wool, the kitchen sink, seaweed, salt, etc. (just kidding about the kitchen sink). Then I place the pot onto the foil and wrap it up tightly. The foil is the “saggar” where the piece will fire in its own atmosphere. As the pot fires in the raku kiln the chemicals “paint” the pot with striking effects.

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Red Sky at Night

Red Sky at Night

This piece is barrel fired with sawdust and wood.  It was sprinkled with various chemicals like sea salt, baking soda, copper carbonate, pine shavings and wrapped in aluminum foil.  You never know how the atmosphere in the barrel will affect each piece

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Dark Saggar Pot

Dark Saggar Pot

Black and orange colors  bring out a richness in this saggar pot.

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Saggar Pot

Saggar Pot

This saggar pot has a driftwood handle that is wrapped in dyed raffia and adorned with glass beads.

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Saggar Pot

Saggar Pot

This saggar pot has a lid with a driftwood handle that has been wrapped in dyed raffia and adorned with glass beads.

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Saggar Piece

Saggar Piece

This is an example of Saggar Pottery

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