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Beach Pit Fire Event Photos

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The pots, which were made by the students on the wheel, have been fired once at the studio. They are now ready to be dressed and fired in the pit fire.
the pitfire is prepared like a lasagna---in layers
preparing to dress the pots
Mary added wool to the inside, orange peels and seaweed to the outside
this pot are wrapped with banana peels, and seaweed
copper wire mesh
every ingredient used to decorate the pots is carefully documented.
Norma busy dressing her pots as surfers enjoy the waves in the background
Very careful to sort the pods from the seaweed leaves
Sedrick wraps wire on his one pot
a pulled apart steel scrubber is wrapped around this pot
Flux,seaweed and pistachio shells
the pit is being prepared
cat food and Lipton tea are sprinkled on this one
Norma relaxes once her work is done
seaweed and a corn cob are part of the dressing for this one
Melissa showing off her karate kick
Mary helps to prepare the fire
Cedric does the heavy lifting
Cow pies and dried seaweed are added to the top.
the pitfire is ready to be ignited!
and the pot smoking begins!
The class poses for a shot to celebrate the start of the fire. The fire smouldered for about an hour and then burned all day.
As the fire burned down, the pots peeked out one by one. Hours flew by and we found ourselves utterly fascinated by what emerged from the flames!
Normal took her pot out early so that she could add her own hair to the surface. This effect causes cool looking squiggly black lines. Glad Norma's hair doesn't normally look like that!
As the fire burns down it's like little gems emerge from the ashes! (More beautiful in person than you can see here.)
Henry checkin' out our wares
Lookin' good, but just wait till you see them cleaned up and waxed! Copyright 2009
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