Here is some information on a few of the methods I use:

Foil Saggar/Ferric Chloride used on items #118 & #142 in Word format or PDF format.

Naked Raku process used on item #117 in Word format or PDF format.

Riggs' Pop-Off naked raku used on item #116 in Word format or PDF format.

Raku Fired Saggar process items #137-2, 138-2, 150, & 152 Word format or PDF format.

Ash Glazes used on items #192 - 211 in Word format or PDF format.

Various high-fire glaze recipies for wood firing in Word format or PDF format.



Here are a few of my favorite pottery links:

Leanne McClurg Cambric artist and instructor now living in Chicago, IL.

Alligator Clay/Southern Pottery Equipment & Supplies is where I get my clay and supplies. When I have questions, they always steer me in the right direction.

David Smith teaches workshops when he visits this area. I have had the good fortune of attending two of his workshops. He is a great artist and instructor.

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#103 – Tea Pot, wheel thrown, 3 ½” X 3 ½”, Alligator 212 clay, fired to cone 6

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#104 – Plate, wheel thrown with spiral center, 8”, Alligator 212 clay, fired to cone 6

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#105 – Sunflower Spoon Trivet, hand built from slab on form, 7”, Alligator 108 clay, wood grain texture, underglaze, clear glaze, fired to cone 05

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#106 – Inkwell Vase, wheel thrown, 3” X 3”, Alligator 212 clay, fired to cone 6

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#109  - Marbled Vase, hand built from slab, 5 ½” X 4”, Alligator 250 & 233 clays, clear glaze, cone 05 (I think the low temperature is what kept it from breaking apart???)

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#110 –  Jennifer McCurdy inspired flame, wheel thrown then hand carved and sanded, 3 ½” X 6”, Alligator 210 clay, OM4 Terra Sigillata polished with soft cloth, fired to cone 05

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#116 – Raku Vase, wheel thrown, 4 ½” X 5”, Alligator 210 clay, OM4 Terra Sigillata, pollished with soft cloth, Riggs’ Pop-Off glaze, fired to 1400 F, sealed with paste wax

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#117 – Raku Pot, wheel thrown, 3 Ό” X 6”, Alligator 210 clay, burnished with stone, Naked Raku slip and glaze, fired to 1400 F, sealed with paste wax

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#118 – Raku Vase, wheel thrown, 4 ½” X 5”, Alligator 210 clay, burnished with stone, Aluminum foil Saggar with Ferric Chloride, sugar and fern, fired to 1400 F, no reduction, sealed with acrylic spray

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#119 – Raku Pot, wheel thrown, 4” X 4 ½”, Alligator 210 clay, burnished with stone, fired to 1400 F, no reduction, horse hair colorant, sealed with paste wax

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#120 – Raku Pot, wheel thrown, 4” X 4 ½”, Alligator 210 clay, burnished with stone, fired to 1400 F, no reduction, horse hair colorant, sealed with paste wax

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#123 – Raku Bowl, wheel thrown, 2” X 5 ½”, Alligator 250 clay, blue luster glaze, fired to cone 06

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#124 – Raku Cup, hand built from slab, 4” X 2 Ύ”, Alligator 138 clay, Beetlejuice glaze, fired to cone 06

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#125 – Raku Cup, hand built from slab, 4” X 3”, Alligator 138 clay, Spectrum Blue Galaxy glaze, fired to cone 06

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#126 – Raku Vase, wheel thrown, 7” X 4 ½”, Alligator 138 clay, Spectrum turquoise glaze, fired to cone 06

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#127 – Raku Cup, hand built from slab, lace texture, 4” X 3”, Alligator 138 clay, Spectrum Cobalt Blue glaze, fired to cone 06

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#128 – Raku Cup, hand built from slab, 5 ½” X 3 ½”, Alligator 138 clay, Spectrum Deep Space glaze, fired to cone 06

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#129 – Raku Candle Holder, hand built from slab, pierced, 6 ½” X 8”, Alligator 138 clay, Copper luster glaze, fired to cone 06

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#130 – Raku Bowl “When Raku Goes Bad…”, 3 ½“ X 7”, Alligator 138 clay, blue luster glaze, fired to cone 06.  The other items in this kiln load were fine.  Any ideas what went wrong?

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#131 – Coffee Cup, wheel thrown, handle added, 3 ½“ X 4 ½“, Alligator 210 clay, Amaco emerald green glaze, fired to cone 05

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#132 – Naked Raku Pot, wheel thrown, 3 ½” X 6”, Alligator 210 clay, OM4 Terra Sigillata, pollished with soft cloth, Naked Raku slip and glaze, fired to cone 06, sealed with paste wax

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#134 – Twin Footed Cups, hand built from slab, diamond texture, 6” X 3 ½“ & 5 Ύ“ X 4”, Alligator 108 clay, white slip, dark blue underglaze, copper blue glaze (glaze did not fit well)

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#135 – Pot, wheel thrown, Newmans Red Terra Sigillata, burnished with a stone, carved decoration, 5 Ό” X 6 Ό”, Alligator 250 clay, unglazed, fired to cone 05

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#136 – Raku Crow Head, slab pressed in mold, 4 ½“ X 5”, Alligator 138 clay, Spectrum Cobalt Blue glaze with Copper luster beak, fired to cone 06, appears one of the glazes contaminated the other

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#137 – Thin Saggar Pot, wheel thrown, 4 ½“ X 4 ½“, Alligator 210 clay, OM4 Terra Sigillata, pollished with soft cloth, wrapped in thin slab Saggar with Cobalt Caronate, mildly reduced

#137-2 – Saggar Fired Pot. I needed test pots for a Saggar firing in my Raku kiln. I was not happy with how this pot turned out the first time, so I used it for the test. See #137 above for clay body and original treatment. For this firing I used a terracotta plant pot as the saggar. I placed sawdust and Copper Carbonate in the bottom of the saggar. In the picture, the right side of the pot was dipped in Ferric Chloride and allowed to dry. The dark vertical marks on the left side of the pot are from stands of steel wool. Fired to 1650 F with a 20 minute soak. Kiln was sealed and allowed to cool to 300 F before opening. Polished with cloth and sealed with acrylic spray.

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#138 – Thin Saggar Pot, wheel thrown, 4“ X 4 ½“, Alligator 210 clay, OM4 Terra Sigillata, pollished with soft cloth, wrapped in thin slab Saggar with steel wool, no reduction

#138-2 – Saggar Fired Pot. I needed test pots for a Saggar firing in my Raku kiln. See #138 above for clay body and original treatment. For this firing I used a terracotta plant pot as the saggar. I placed sawdust in the bottom of the saggar. I placed steel wool around the pot. Fired to 1650 F with a 20 minute soak. Kiln was sealed and allowed to cool to 300 F before opening. Polished with cloth and sealed with acrylic spray.

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#139 – Skull & Crossbones, thin slab and cookie cutter, textured with twine placemat,  used to test glazes, 3 Ύ“ X 4 Ό“, Alligator 138 clay, Alligator matte glaze, fired to cone 06, heavy reduction produced colors that I have not seen before with this glaze

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#140 – Butter Dish, wheel thrown, 3 ½“ X 6”, Alligator 212 clay, spiral texture on top and bottom, fired to cone 6

#142 – Raku Vase, wheel thrown, 4 ½” X 5”, Alligator 210 clay, burnished with cloth, Aluminum foil Saggar with Ferric Chloride and fern, fired to cone 016, no reduction, sealed with acrylic spray.

#143 – Agate Ware Vase, wheel thrown, 6” X 5”, Alligator 210 clay, clear gloss glaze, fired to cone 05. The agate was made by drying out some Alligator 210 clay, crushing the dried clay, adding 0.15% Cobalt Carbonate, mixing and rehydrating.

#144 – Raku Vase, wheel thrown, 4 ½” X 5”, Alligator 210 clay, burnished with cloth, Aluminum foil Saggar with Ferric Chloride, fired to cone 016, no reduction, sealed with acrylic spray. The uncolored area around the foot is probably from not pressing the foil down tightly to the ware.

#145 – Naked Raku Pot, wheel thrown, 3 ½” X 6”, Alligator 210 clay, colored slips applied when leather hard, burnished with stone, Naked Raku slip and glaze with sgraffito figures, fired to 1400 F, sealed with acrylic spray.

#150 – Raku Vase, 2012, wheel thrown, 4 ½” X 5”, Alligator 210 clay, burnished with cloth, Aluminum foil Saggar with Ferric Chloride and steel wool, fired to 1450 F, no reduction, sealed with acrylic spray. The hotter the firing, the lighter the color from the Ferric Chloride. The temperature was not hot enough to get coloring from the steel wool, but it acted as a resist for the Ferric Chloride.

#151 – Wiggle Wire Bowl Series, 2012, wheel thrown, cut from bat with wiggle wire, formed on hump mold, 7" X 7" X 2 Ό”, Alligator 210 clay and Laguna B-Mix WC-379 clay, various Spectrum 900 series matt glazes, fired to cone 05.

#152 – Saggar Fired Pot, 2012, wheel thrown, 6" X 6 1/2", Laguna B-Mix WC-379 clay. Fired with sawdust and Copper Carbonate in the bottom of the saggar. In the picture, the left side of the pot was dipped in Ferric Chloride and allowed to dry. The dark lines on the right side of the pot are from stands of steel wool. Further to the right, the orangish lines are from Brass wool. Fired to 1650 F with a 20 minute soak. Kiln was sealed and allowed to cool to 300 F before opening. Polished with cloth and sealed with acrylic spray.

#154 – Five Sided Vase with lid, 2012, handbuilt from slab with pressed texture, wheel thrown finial, 10 ½" X 6”, Alligator 369 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#155 – Kitchen Spoon Vase, 2012, wheel thrown with applied fleur-de-lis shapes, 5 ½” X 5 ½”, Alligator 369 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#156 – Vase with lid, 2012, handbuilt from slab with pressed texture, 9" X 4 ½”, Alligator 369 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#157 – Folded Bowl, 2012, round in shape, handbuilt from slab, 4” X 5 ½”, Alligator 369 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#158 – Folded Bowl, 2012, square in shape, handbuilt from slab, 4" X 4 ½”, Alligator 360 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#159 – Tortilla Warmer, 2012, wheel thrown, 3 ½“ X 7 ½“, Alligator 369 clay, spiral texture on top and inside, wood fired to cone 12

#160 & #161 – Wiggle Wire Bowls, 2012, wheel thrown, cut from bat with wiggle wire, formed on hump mold, 7" X 7" X 2 Ό”, bowl on left Alligator 360 clay, bowl on right Alligator 369 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#162 – Textured Bowl, 2012, wheel thrown, 5" X 7 ½”, Alligator 369 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#163 – Textured Bowl, 2012, wheel thrown, 5" X 8”, Alligator 369 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#164 – Bowl, 2012, wheel thrown, 5 ½" X 6”, Alligator 360 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#165 – Bottle, 2012, wheel thrown, 6 Ύ" X 3 Ύ”, Alligator 360 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#166 – Bottle, 2012, wheel thrown, 7" X 3”, Alligator 369 clay, Helmer's Flashing Slip on top section, wood fired to cone 12.

#167 – Small Bowl, 2012, wheel thrown, 2 Ύ” X 4 Ό”, Alligator 360 clay, "Old Yellow" liner glaze, wood fired to cone 12.

#168 – Kitchen Spoon Vase, 2012, wheel thrown, 5 ½" X 6”, Alligator 360 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#169 – Small Bowl, 2012, wheel thrown, 3" X 4 ½”, Alligator 360 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#170 – Medium Bowl, 2012, wheel thrown, 3" X 5 ½”, Alligator 360 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#172 – Bowl, 2012, wheel thrown, 4" X 5 Ό”, Alligator 369 clay, wood fired to cone 12.

#173 – Bowl, 2012, wheel thrown, 3 ½" X 5”, Alligator 369 clay, Helmer's Flashing Slip inside and outside on top lip, wood fired to cone 12.

#174 – Corked Bottle (aka whisky bottle or liquor bottle), 2012, front and back views, wheel thrown and assembled, 9“ X 3”, Alligator 350 clay, Hess' PV Liner glaze inside, fired to cone 12

#175 – Corked Bottle (aka whisky bottle or liquor bottle), 2012, wheel thrown and assembled, 9 ½“ X 3 Ό”, Alligator 350 clay, Hess' PV Liner glaze inside, fired to cone 12

#176 – Corked Bottle (aka whisky bottle or liquor bottle), 2012, front and back views, wheel thrown and assembled, 11 ½“ X 3”, Alligator 350 clay, Hess' PV Liner glaze inside, fired to cone 12

#180 – Corked Bottle (aka whisky bottle or liquor bottle), 2012, front and back views, wheel thrown and assembled, 11“ X 3 Ό”, Alligator 360 clay, Helmer's flashing slip on the outside, Hess' PV Liner glaze inside, fired to cone 12

#182 – Vase, 2013, wheel thrown, 5" X 5 ½”, Alligator 350 clay, Red Art Green glaze inside, fired inside a Sagar placed at the opening to the firebox, wood fired to cone 12.

#183 – Spoon Vase, 2013, front and back views, wheel thrown, 6“ X 5 ½”, Alligator 350 clay, Red Art Green glaze inside, fired to cone 12

#184 – Square Vase, 2013, wheel thrown, altered and textured, 5 ½" X 4 ½”, Alligator 350 clay, Kaki Red glaze inside, wood fired to cone 12.

#185 – Spoon Vase, 2013, wheel thrown, textured, 6 ½" X 6”, Alligator 344 clay, Old Yellow glaze inside, wood fired to cone 12.

#187 – Wiggle Wire Bowl, 2013, wheel thrown, cut from bat with wiggle wire, formed on hump mold, 7" X 7" X 2 Ό”, Alligator 344 clay, Porcelain Shino glaze inside, wood fired to cone 12.

#188 – Wiggle Wire Bowl, 2013, wheel thrown, cut from bat with wiggle wire, formed on hump mold, 7" X 7" X 2 Ό”, Alligator 350 clay, Kaki Red glaze inside, wood fired to cone 12.

#188 – Wiggle Wire Bowl, 2013, wheel thrown, cut from bat with wiggle wire, formed on hump mold, 7" X 7" X 2 Ό”, Alligator 350 clay, Old Yellow glaze inside, wood fired to cone 12.

#190 – Vase, 2013, wheel thrown, textured before opening, 4 ½" X 4 ½”, Alligator 350 clay, Porcelain Shino glaze inside, wood fired to cone 12.

#191 – Vase, 2013, wheel thrown, textured before opening, 6 ½" X 6”, Alligator 350 clay, Oestreich Shino glaze inside (not sure which one of his Shinos this is), wood fired to cone 12.

#192 – Baking Dish, 2013, wheel thrown & altered, 2 Ό" X 6” X 6", Alligator 344 clay, Neely Sea Slug glaze inside, Ash glaze #1 lightly brushed outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#194 – Small Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 3" X 2 Ύ”, Alligator 369 clay, Ash Glaze #5, wood fired - appears to be underfired.

#195 – Vase, 2013, wheel thrown, 4 ½" X 3 ½”, Alligator 369 clay, Hog Chain Road Tea Dust glaze inside, Ash glaze #5 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#196 – Bowl, 2013, wheel thrown, 4" X 5 Ό”, Alligator 369 clay, Neely Sea Slug glaze inside, Ash glase #5 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#197 – Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 3 ½" X 3 ½”, Alligator 369 clay, Malcolm Davis Shino glaze inside, Ash glaze #6 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#198 – Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 3 ½" X 4 Ό”, Alligator 369 clay, Kaki Red glaze inside, Ash glase #3 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#199 – Vase, 2013, wheel thrown, 3 ½" X 4”, Alligator 369 clay, Kaki Red glaze inside and on outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#200 – Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 3" X 2 ½”, Alligator 369 clay, Ash glase #4 inside and outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#201 – Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 3" X 3 ½”, Alligator 369 clay, Porcelain Shino glaze inside, Ash glaze #1 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#202 – Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 3" X 3”, Alligator 369 clay, Mino Shino glaze inside, Ash glase #1 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#203 – Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 3 Ό" X 3”, Alligator 369 clay, Ash glaze #4 inside and outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#204 – Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 4" X 3 ½”, Alligator 369 clay, Ash glase #6 inside and outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#205 – Spirit Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 2 Ύ" X 2 ½”, Alligator 344 clay, Kaki Red glaze inside, Ash glaze #3 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#206 – Spirit Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 2 Ύ" X 2 ½”, Alligator 344 clay, Porcelain Shino glaze inside, Ash glase #5 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#207 – Spirit Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 2 ½" X 2 Ό”, Alligator 344 clay, Mino Shino glaze inside, Ash glaze #5 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#208 – Bowl, 2013, wheel thrown, textured with wiggle wire before opening, 6 ½" X 5 Ύ”, Alligator 344 clay, Kaki Red glaze inside, Ash glase #4 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#209 – Spirit Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 2 Ό" X 2 Ό”, Alligator 303 clay, Old Yellow glaze inside, Ash glaze #2 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#210 – Spirit Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 2 Ό" X 2 Ό", Alligator 303 clay, Porcelain Shino glaze inside, Ash glase #1 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

#211 – Spirit Cup, 2013, wheel thrown, 2 ½" X 2 Ύ”, Alligator 303 clay, Neely Sea Slug glaze inside, Ash glaze #3 outside, wood fired to cone 12.

Items #180, #209, & #210 as a set.

#212 – Plate, 2013, wheel thrown, 1" X 8 ½”, Alligator 344 clay, Porcelain Shino glaze on face, wood fired to cone 13, plate warped during firing.

#213 – Bowl, 2013, wheel thrown, 3 ½" X 6 ½", Alligator 344 clay, Neely Sea Slug glaze inside, wood fired to cone 13.

#214 – Bowl, 2013, wheel thrown, 4" X 7”, Alligator 344 clay, Porcelain Shino glaze inside, wood fired to cone 13+, clay bubbles and crumbling due to over firing.

#216 – Lidded Jar, wheel thrown, 6 ½“ X 5”, Alligator 303 clay, Kaki Red glaze inside and over lip, wood fired to cone 13.

#217 – Cup, 2013, wheel thrown and altered with stamp decorations, 4 Ό" X 4", Alligator 303 clay, Kaki Red glaze inside and on some stamps, wood fired to cone 13+.

#218 – Pitcher, 2013, wheel thrown and altered, 7 Ό" X 5 ½”, Alligator 344 clay, Ash glaze #6 inside and on upper part of outside, wood fired to cone 13+.

#219 - Tea Pot, 2013, wheel thrown with hand altered parts, 5 ½" X 5 Ό”, Alligator 344 clay, PV Liner glaze inside, wood fired to cone 13+, clay bubbles due to over firing.