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This book covers techniques of firing and finishing at low temperature without using glazes. Many ancient cultures and contemporary potters use methods of low firing, adding slips and burnishing pieces to create a more natural finish. The advantages are that it can be done without a kiln using old dustbins, pits dug out of the earth, or bonfires, meaning that providing you have outdoor space, it can be done on a low budget. This book is a step-by-step practical approach and beginner's guide, which focuses on how to do low firing and natural finishes, with many illustrations of beautiful work by contemporary makers. Chapters include burnishing, terra sigillata, smoke-firing, pit-firing, saggar firing and raku techniques.
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Very clear step-by-step illustrations of how to do low-firings Low budget methods and techniques Shows old and simple techniques of decoration used in modern ways Well illustrated with a wide variety of beautiful and contemporary work

About the Author

Sumi von Dassow makes burnished pottery, teaches at a centre for traditional arts, and runs occasional pit-firing workshops. She contributes articles for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. The American Ceramic Society have previously published books by her; Barrel, Pit and Saggar Firing, in 2001, and Electric Kiln Pottery in 2003.

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'A must book not only for beginners but also for the experiences if just for the pictures alone' Kent Potters newsletter, January/February 2010 'well produced, as usual, with many good photographs of the techniques and of the finished works' London Potters 'A very useful reference work if starting out on burnishing &low fired finishes for pots' London Potters

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