Functional Pottery by Amy Wandless

Salt-Fired Pottery

Saltfired pottery is a whole other matter. If you've heard my explanation of the process skip to the photos! Here's the description for those who are still curious: in a propane-fueled kiln filled with pots,when the temperature reaches about 2200 oF, we add salt (NaCl, sodium chloride, just like table salt) to the firing chamber. The salt vaporizes immediately due to the high temperature, the sodium in vapor form combines with the silica (SiO2, silicon dioxide) in the clay and makes a clear colorless glaze on the surface of the pottery. The chlorine by-product is exhausted out the chimmney and dispersed into the atmosphere.

 

Salt-fired vase

 
Vases

Vases

Bowls and Dishes

Bowls

Mugs

Mugs
&
Tumblers

Covered Vessels

Covered
Vessels

Pitchers

Goblets
&
Pitchers

Dish

Dishes