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note: I have only done this once (and with the help of an experienced teacher,, Dan Abbott).  I did record the entire firing process (shown here), though I did not record images of the constructing of the two pots. The text below is as I remember the whole process.  There is enough detail here to successfully make some pottery.    wf  


    Pottery is first made by thoroughly mixing and kneading a supply of clay with about 20% sand. This prevents cracking and gives strength to the clay. Pottery is then formed by layering little-finger-sized coils in circular fashion.  Next, take a seashell or similar object and smoothe out the coils both inside and out. Set the pottery aside to air-dry for at least 2 days. Then, you can fire it into stoneware using the process below.
     This final drying begins with a slow (maybe 2-hour) process of sliding the open face gradually toward a hot reflected fire.  On close examination, there will be a lighter (drier) portion (closest to the fire heat) which gradually migrates rearward. When this line between darker (damp) and lighter (dry) has moved all the way to the rear, and the entire pot is the lighter (drier) shade, then this displacing of moisture is complete.
    The final firing can then be commenced as also shown below. The full-color image actually shows the 2 cherry-red pots within the teepee-style fire structure.     Once it is done, the pot can be rolled aside to cool. At this point, you can balance it on your finger (upside down from the inside) and thump it to hear it almost ring like a bell.  After you boil water or a stew in it, the moisture will dull that initial bell-like quality from then on.
    Use three tennis-ball-sized rocks to support it up against a fire or on hot coals to cook a stew.  The traditional shape (as shown below) is very efficient.  Also, the inward curvature in the upper portion directs the rising hot liquid up and over toward the center.  This creates a constant stirring action.