Salt firing is a process where rock salt is introduced into the kiln’s atmosphere at approx. 2350 F. The salt vaporizes, allowing the sodium to glaze the work’s surface. The path of the flame and the sodium it deposits creates rich surface textures and a subtle palette of earth tones. Salt firing was used in the United States widely in the 18th and 19th century; often for storage vessels, crockery, and jugs.
Gig Harbor potter, Dan Barnett, uses this technique when he fires his amazing pottery. His work celebrates the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with the images that he carves in the clay, such as fish and heron.
The carvings and texture of Dan’s unique pottery capture the attention of everyone who comes into the gallery. Come in and see it.