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Obvara (Ab-Vara)

This ‘Alternative Firing Process’ originated early in the Baltic region as a firing technique to seal the porous surface of the pottery.

The bisqued pieces are brought up to about 1650 degrees and taken out of the kiln and quickly immersed into a fermented liquid, made with water, flour, yeast, and sugar. The resulting work will display colors ranging from a creamy white to deep, almost black markings that follow the flow of the liquid it is immersed in.

As with other low-temperature alternative firings Obvara pieces are purely decorative and not water-tight.