Saggar

Pots are placed in lidded containers, called saggars, which I fill with charcoal, peat, ash, and other combustibles. This produces an oxygen starved atmosphere during firing which has profound effects upon the clay and any glazes used. Iron oxide in a glaze can be reduced to elemental iron, leading, over time to rust spots appearing on a glaze surface – reminding me of the continuing process of change.

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Patricia Shone 3 bottles saggar fired stoneware 20173 Erosion Bottles, ht 15cm, saggar fired stoneware, 2017 image: Shannon Tofts