How weather is changing pottery displays at the Warwick Show
ANCIENT pottery practices have been off-limits to crafts-people on the Southern Downs for months but that didn't stop an eclectic display of clay-work from being presented at the Warwick Show.
Show coordinator Penny King said weather events had a dramatic impact on what potters could make.
Dry weather makes clay dry so it is harder to work.
This year, a total fire ban has put a halt on "primitive” styles of pottery using open fire pits to set and glaze.
"We haven't been able to do pit fires for almost a year now,” Ms King said.
She said it was lucky the grand champion was awarded to a pit-fired piece made by Warwick's Pat Almond just before the bans came into place.
Firing clay in a pit is no easy task, often taking up a whole weekend.
The process involves filling a large hole with elements like sawdust, salt, eucalyptus and even livestock manure.
Chemical reactions that happen in the burning process will determine the look of the pot when it comes out, Ms King said.
"It gives a completely different look to controlled kiln fires. The exciting thing is you never know what is going to come out.”