Museum of Farnham – Kids Smoke Firing Workshop, No 2

Another fabulous Saturday of Smoke Firing for the kids of the Museum of Farnham Saturday Club on 26th June.  Tutored by Caroline Wilson and an enthusiatic group of volunteers, it was another roaring success.

One of the children’s account of the event:

“We went to Wrecclesham Pottery with museum club.  When we got there we were given a pencil pot and a butterfly made of clay to decorate before they were going to be smoke fired.

We stuck bits of tape, rubber bands and string to our pots and butterflies  and then painted over them with clay.  We were then able to rub off bits of the clay and materials to make extra patterns.

Once this was done the pots and butterflies had to be dried out in a microwave.  Then we took them outside and set fire to them in a dustbin filled with newspaper. It was awesome, but we all got very smoky.  After a while we were able to take our precious objects out and once they were cool enough, we scraped off the sooty exterior to reveal the beautiful designs that we had made.  We were able to take them home the same day.  The best bit was setting fire to the newspaper and watching our pots bake”.


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