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Sagger Firing

Saggars are used to create a localized reducing atmosphere which concentrates the effects of salts, metal oxides and other materials on the surface.

Each pot has a smooth surface created by the application of a fine clay slip, terra sigilata, which responds particularly well to the saggar technique. The slip covering is burnished to achieve a gloss. Prepared pots are nestled into saggars filled with beds of combustible materials, such as saltmarsh hay and sawdust, less combustible organic materials, salts and metals.

These materials ignite or fume during firing, producing golds, greens, and red tones – no two pieces of these decorative ceramics are alike.



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