Archive for Fume Firing

Cholla Bowl

This sculpture is fun because it can be placed in different positions for variety. The holes were initially inspired by the cholla plant. The piece was glaze fired initially. I liked the texture of the lichen glaze especially on the bottom (lower image). Then, I decided to push the color into a more organic direction, so I put a very thin layer of terra sigillata and fume fired the piece. Got some nice maroon fuming, while retaining the red/orange underglaze in the interior.


8″h x 11″w x 9″d

Paper clay, multi-fired, glazed and saggar fired

Spiral

Spiral.  5”h x 8.5”w x 5”d Saggar fired paper clay by Judy Nelson-Moore.
“Spiral”
5”h x 8.5”w x 5”d
Saggar fired paper clay



6.5″t x 14″w x 3″d
Saggar fired paper clay

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Lichen Pods

Lichen Pods Sculpture
6.5”t x 14”w x 3”d
Saggar fired paper clay


6.5″t x 14″w x 3″d
Paper clay, lichen glaze fired to cone 06, then saggar fired

Small pods with sharp clay points and colorful crusty surface. These small pieces are a pair that go together. I call them “pods” because they resemble organic seed pods. The lichen glaze imparts cracks and crustiness while the saggar firing bring organic colors into the piece.

New Fume Fired Work

I call it fume firing.  Other clay artists call it saggar firing.  Having used many different “saggars” in the past including hand-made clay saggars, metal cans and brick-built, I am currently using tin-foil saggars.  Here are some results from Spring 2019.  

Judy Nelson-Moore, "Sisters" sculpture, 4 feet tall

Fume Firing

Here is a document containing a summary of my accumulated knowledge about fume firing.  Saggar firing, tin-foil saggars, pit firing, low-fire salt firing:  these are all terms for fume firing.  I have even done fume firing in an electric kiln. 

FumeFiringHandout

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