Sawdust Ceramic Firing: An Alternative Technique in Natural Clay Body Colouring
Firing clay turns from its humble, soft beginnings into a new substance called ceramic. It’s tough, strong, and very similar in some ways to stone and survived for thousands of years, all due to clay that met fire. Researchers theorized that the first clay vessels were created when the waterproofed basket with a lining of wet clay accidentally burned in a fire heated to a high temperature, and pots were formed. Still, the theory has no firm evidence yet and the truth from this activity is that pottery eventually developed into the practice of firing with wood. In the development of ceramic firing, sawdust becomes an alternative way. Following a similar process of wood firing, sawdust firing is typically done in a barrel, old burnt out kiln or the structural arrangement of bricks. By that, the intention of this research is to find out the techniques, methods, and characteristics of how sawdust firing becomes an alternative way in developing a nature colour to the clay body.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Fine Art Department, Faculty of Art and Design Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Publication date: November 1, 2017
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