Firing Replica Ancient Earthen Ware Pottery in an Open Wood Fire





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Uploaded on Feb 29, 2008

Firing hand built pottery made from wild clays harvested by hand. In this firing run, I was testing some unproven clays, and these clips show the baking of a single Late Woodland "Albee" phase replica. Open firing only works with some clays that have been properly tempered. If all is done correctly, we often achieve near 100% success firing 50 vessels made by first-time gradeschool students in one big fire.
Pre-historic earthenware can be used many ways, like cooking directly over a fire - including boiling, baking, parching and steaming - without breaking due to thermal shock.
"Primitive" pottery is a perfect project for educational applications. Feel free to check out my website, www.burntmud.com.

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