Pit Fire

Pit firing may be the oldest method for firing clay. The firing temperature is very low and the pieces are primarily decorative, although anciently they were certainly widely used. Typically the pots are piled together in a pit, or can, and surrounded by combustibles, and chemicals, such as copper carbonate, salt, etc. Depending on what is in the pit, the pots will come out black, grey, green, pink, yellow.