Pit-Firing

Porcelain pieces meant for pit-firing are not glazed, they are burnished with a stone before firing until the surface becomes smooth enough to reflect light. 

The ceramic pieces are fired in a pit-fire on the beach, with oxides and natural elements that will give them colors: copper, iron, salt, algae, eggshells, banana peels…

The pit-fired porcelain pieces are dug from the ashes like ancient artifacts. To let their color develop, it is important to wait until the ashes are almost cold. To protect their colors and surface, I wax them with carnauba wax… if I feel like it, I will add speckles of gold leaf first!