Sawdust smoking

White clay thrown pot; stamped and burnished. Sawdust smoked and polished.Smoke can add decorative effects to unglazed earthenware.

I place a burnished bisque-fired ware inside a steel drum with sawdust and paper which I set on fire. The smoke penetrates the surface and produces random decorative effects, making each piece really unique.

Sometimes, I use masking tape, slip or other materials to mask off areas that I want to keep free of smoke.

After smoking and allowing the piece to cool off I wash it and scrape the soot off. When dry, I polish it with wax. Of course that ware is purely decorative and not waterproof.