Paul Westley Pottery stoneware saltI have had the opportunity to have some stoneware pottery salt fired. Textured surfaces lend themselves to the salt firing process (salt added at around 1240°C).

Wikipedia’s description of salt firing : Salt glaze pottery is stoneware with a glaze of glossy, translucent and slightly orange-peel-like texture which was formed by throwing common salt into the kiln during the higher temperature part of the firing process. Sodium from the salt reacts with silica in the clay body to form a glassy coating of sodium silicate. The glaze may be colourless or may be coloured various shades of brown (from iron oxide), blue (from cobalt oxide), or purple (from manganese oxide).

Paul Westley Pottery stoneware salt