May 12, 2013


I have been working towards this day for a few weeks,
yesterday I fired these pendants in sawdust and
anxiously waited for them to cool down.
They have been polished with beeswax and
 hung on thin leather cords.

Also working on another range of pendants
which will be glazed front and back.  Just sorting out how I
will hang them in the kiln to fire. 
Can't wait to finish them. 
Don't forget to check out Mud Colony to see
what other potters are creating.


  1. They are lovely, Annie. They have a real rawness to them, if there is such a word. (Your link wasn't working for me from Mud Colony.)

    1. Hi Caroline, I am fascinated by pit and sawdust firing.
      The unpredictability of it. It's like opening up a present
      when you dive in amongst the ashes looking for your goodies.
      I was happy with this batch, will tweak a few things for the
      next batch. Thank you for your comment, and rawness is a good word to use in context with pit firing.

  2. Hi Annie
    I tried to comment the other day but it's obviously disappeared into the ether! I just wanted to say I love the pendants, and to ask you about your firing method? I'm getting into pit/bin firings but I think perhaps I am reducing too much, or just have too much carbon present, as everything usually comes out quite black. Which is lovely, but I'd like a bit of variation!

    1. Thank you for your comment Georgia, I love the unpredictable
      effect achieved with pit or sawdust firing. This was a small wood heater we have sitting out in the yard. Loaded with wood, topped with sawdust that had salt, copper, magnesium and iron sulphate thoroughly mixed through it.
      Topped with wood chips. The pendants were mixed into the sawdust, not completely buried. The sulphates I buy from Bunnings in garden section. I leave the wood heater closed with flue open until it gets going, then half close the flue, and leave the lot until its cool next day to find my buried treasure. I hope this helps you, please feel free to
      contact me if you have any other questions. I'm not an expert at this by any means, but have had a little success.


  3. I've added just a little bit of steel wool on the piece inside the saggar, it helps attract some orange blush.

    These do look great, very earthy and lovely.

  4. Thanks Lori, I will do same with my next batch. I've also placed
    a piece of copper pipe in the sawdust, it puts a green tinge here and there.

  5. I was given the copper from holes made in making shower heads. Fantastic copper reds if I raku the pieces to 960 celcius. I love the buied treasure aspect but rarely find all the bits. I count them into the kiln to have a bit of an idea, but the bis of sawdust save a few for themselves I think.