– “Refined Through Fire”- handbuilt sculpture bisque fired to cone 5 and then saw dust fired with red iron oxide, salt, and bone ash. 2012- Holly Suzanne. All images by Holly Suzanne.
When I took the piece out of the kiln and saw that the side had been blown off, I found something that to me was unexpectedly beautiful. The lines of the remaining figure were sharp and clean, reminding me of cracks in ice. I decided not to glaze the piece and instead smoke fired it with newspaper, sawdust, and leaves from the yard. For those of you that want to learn more about the process of saw dust or smoke firing, you can find a little below: Instead of a pit I use an aluminum trash can and add more items to the mix for a bit more surprise:)