Making Pottery - Step 5 - FiringOnce the pots are formed, air dried, polished and a design added, come the most critical step of firing.Several pieces of pottery are fired at the same time. Wood and brush are piled to make a bonfire. The pieces to be fired are laid on a metal sheet or on a layer of pottery sherds on top of the fuel. Additional sherds are layered around the sides and tops of the vessels. The whole mound is then covered with cow and/or sheep dung and the fire is started.Temperatures in the bonfire may reach as high as 1300 degrees Fahrenheit. At the appropriate time - determined individually by each potter - the fire is extinguished. The pots are allowed to cool and then removed for final polishing.Check out the videos below. The entire firing process is shown in these 5 videos.
Watch Maria and her son Popovi staging the pots for a firing.
Popovi adds the firewood.
Watch Popovi add cow patties and tin around the pots.