is Marc Lancet loading up the
pit by placing pieces right next to
each other in about 6" of sawdust.
it is time to load the pit. The first layer of
materials are the ceramic pieces partially embedded into a sawdust
mixture. You can use just saw dust but a mixture of sawdust plus
other materials such as rock salt, crushed charcoal, and crumpled
newspaper will help create even more effects. This is what Lancet
suggest when loading the pit.
layer of materials
that goes on top of the saw dust and ceramic ware are 12"
of crumbled newspaper.
This will help cushion the ware from the weight of the layers
of material on top.
(optional) is a layer of cow dung. It goes on top of the newspaper
and below the wood which is the last layer of combustible material.
and final layer
consists of wood. At the workshop, Nottingham members gathered
up roughly 10-12 cu. yards of rough dry ocean driftwood composed
of bamboo and various woods.
any real wood will work. Just stay away from woods that are treated
or have glues in them like ply wood, particle board, or wafer
need enough wood to fill up the entire pit. If it's a smaller
pit, you may want enough wood to fill the pit plus some to put
more in later. At the worshop at Nottingham, we filled the pit
with wood slightly heeping over the top of the pit. It was a
lot of wood, but we did not put any more wood on after it was
lit and the cover was put on.
is a close up of a huge pile of drift wood. We didn't actually
use this pile though because it is
Terry's sacred pile of beautiful
we are loading the pit. Laying the wood carefully on top of all
the ware, newspaper,
and sawdust mixture.
almost full, although when we actually finished loading it the
wood was heeping over
the top of the pit.
pit is loaded. You could light it as soon as you get done loading
it, but it might be a good idea to wait until sunset. That's
what we did during the workshop and it was well worth the wait.
Click on Next Page to see the kiln lighting ceremony.
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