The Bottom Layer

With everything (and in life), the bottom is the foundation.  In the pit, its a thick, soft layer of wood shavings or sawdust (or whatever the person selling you the stuff said it was). As usual, finding the sawdust/shavings was a Craigslist adventure, and I found a person selling full bags  about 30 miles away.  My craigslist guidelines  are to not go to a private home alone and to preferably meet them in a public place, as opposed to inviting them to my home if I am selling something…  hence, my husband, Dana, came along for the ride.   And since we were driving at least 30 miles we had to combine it with other errands/stops, such as clothing shopping, computer purchase homework, etc…etc….thereby not making a quick errand of it…  A day later, I have 3 bags of sawdust which will last me for a few firings.     The pit bottom is layered with about 6 inches of sawdust, which I will mix with dried coffee grounds which will tentatively give a brown coloring to the pottery…  (the coffee ground story?  this errand was quick, I was by myself and the used grounds are in a bin outside Custom Coffee House, free for the taking!)

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  1. Susan

    Oh I’m so glad I’ve found you! I’m getting ready to do sawdust firing. I’ve been making little things with oft bits of leftover clay, I have the sawdust (live close to a sawmill), and a friend is feeding me advice via facebook messenger. She told me last night that she mixes coffee grounds into clay for a porous result when she makes water filters. Now I’ve just read that you use it in firing to get colour effects. Guess what, I my neighbor has the local bistro and I can get hold of that too. I’m 56 – an artist who paints because she has never been able to set up to follow the real dream: Sculpting with clay. I’ve made a lot odd things, even taught basic claywork, when I had access to a kiln. I can’t wait to read about the rest of your experience. Then I’m going outside to stack the bricks my brother delivered to me yesterday to make a little firing pit. You’ll understand how excited I am

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