American Art Collection 2017
To create a smooth surface, the artist hand burnishes each vessel and then bisque fires the pottery.
Next the artist brushes the vessel with ferric chloride or other chemicals, and nestles it into a bed of combustible materials such as newspaper, string, or sawdust. Then wrapped in an aluminum food saggar (container), the artist fires the vessel to a second time to approximately 1200 degrees F. There are no glazes on these pieces.
Saggar-fired ware is unsuitable for functional use.