[Clayart] sawdust instead of straw in primitive kiln

Robert Harris robertgharris at gmail.com
Sat Apr 2 04:01:13 UTC 2022

I've put sawdust in clay. Biggest problem is that it caused serious
pinholing in the glazes. Otherwise it fired just fine.
Obviously it depends how much you put in! (My aim was to produce a piece
with enough air gaps that it would provide insulation for hot drinks,
didn't really work).

We also wad all of the posts in our kiln, even in a regular reduction
firing, and we use sawdust (about 25-30% by weight which is probably >60%
by volume), makes the wadding just crumble right off.

Not sure what your aim is, by adding sawdust.
The long fibers in paper help stabilise the clay, but sawdust won't provide

On Fri, 1 Apr 2022 at 11:29, Carolyn Curran <cncpots2 at gmail.com> wrote:

> My inarticulate bad.   Sorry I confused you.  I intended to add  sawdust
> IN  the clay body along with vermiculite or perlite and grog...sort of a
> paper clay situation, since straw and sawdust both  have cellulose.  I
> would probably wet it so there won't be particles flying through air.
> With my  COPD and chronic bronchitis,  I  don't think I'd play with a
> sawdust firing, although we have a trash can with holes here that was
> probably used in that way.  (Heck,  I only use   non toxic iiquid
> combustibles  for any raku..have a bottle of
> high test  Everclear booze for the purpose, use sparingly at bottom of
> combustion chamber..  I have had great success with the alcohol with small
> scale work in  old Aim test kiln with one vase almost 8" tall which was
> super unique in  subtle coloration. It is still a  big favorite.   Carolyn)
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