I was staring out the window the other day, looking at the fire pit in the backyard and thinking about how I'd like to get some pottery fired before it got too cold out. The woodstove plinked in the background, chugging away on this chilly day. The plinking means the fire is especially hot and the plink, plink, plinks, eventually got my attention. I turned around and looked at my woodstove in a new way. (cue the romantic music)
Some of the clay beads I made were dry and ready to be fired so I figured I'd just pop one or two in the stove and see what happened. They popped like popcorn. Hmm. Um, that's not what I wanted. Not to be deterred, I took a couple more and let them warm up above the fire for an hour before I placed them in the stove. This time I put them away from the direct flame and built a fire on top of them. A few hours later after the fire had died down I pulled out two fired beads. Hooray!
I was so excited I had to try again, this time putting in more beads, and the smallest of my little pinch pots. I was a little nervous about the pot, thinking that if it were to explode and break the glass on the stove, my husband would find my shenanigans far from amusing.
Once again I let the pieces warm up before carefully placing them in the stove. I built a good hot fire over them, and continued to add wood while this batch fired. A few hours later I dug the pot, beads, and a few small pieces from the ashes.
I don't know how hot my woodstove gets so I can't say for certain, but the beads didn't soften when left in water so I'm going to call them bisque-fired. The black parts aren't soot, they're reduction marks from the firing process and are permanent. I love them! I made these as stringing beads for my daughter but now I don't know. I might like to string them and wear them.
I decided to use the tiny pinch pot as a planter for one of my succulent cuttings.
I think I'll fire the rest of the pinch pots out in the fire pit, but there's a good chance there will be more beads in the woodstove soon. Plink, plink, plink...
Have a good and warm weekend everyone.