Smoke Fired Ceramics by BHoyt Ceramic Arts
Smoke firing is an alternative post bisque firing technique that dates back thousands of years. In the process, bisque fired pieces are placed in a barrel and imbedded in combustible materials. Bonnie uses primarily hardwood sawdust but often uses materials like seaweed, salt, coffee grounds, and banana peels just to name a few. After the materials are ignited the barrel is covered and left to smolder. This process creates unique patterns ranging from subtle organic whites and greys to more dramatic gradations of color. Each piece is a unique a beautiful result of the process.