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A Bush Camp for the Big Rigs .... and the smaller rigs too

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Old interesting farm machinery can be seen around the grounds

Old machinery as artOld machinery as art

Sickle cutterSickle cutter

and we are building up our collection of art and sculptures

Owl artOwl art

Mixed media sculptureMixed media sculpture

Christmas Fundraisers

For those planning to stay with us over the Christmas break, we usually have a 'Champagne Breakfast' in The Old Shed to raise funds for the Salvos.

Our 2016 Menu included:

Bruschetta, Prawn Cocktails, Salmon & Caviar on Pumpernickel,  Smoked Chicken Vol au Vents

Ham, Chicken, Cold Roast Turkey, Pumpkin, Kumara & Potato Salad, Mushroom Tarts, Quiche

Muesli Trifles,  various homemade Muffins, Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse,  Bundy Rum Truffles

Shortbread & Christmas Cake

Contact us closer to Christmas 2017 if you are interested in getting more information.

Pit Firing

The next Pit Firing is scheduled for early May 2018

We will advise of dates when they are known

The Childers Firehouse Potters 2016 'Pit Firing' weekend was where pots were fired in a deep trench using natural flame and materials such as seaweed and common salt to get colours onto the pots.

2016 Pit Fired pots2016 Pit Fired pots

2015 Pit Fire event

Packing the pitPacking the pit

Filling the pit with woodFilling the pit with wood

Delivering the wood (one of 3 loads)Delivering the wood (one of 3 loads)

Potters and campers were all involved in the firing process

Firing the pitFiring the pit

The fire burns for several days and it usually takes a week before it is cool enough to climb in and retrieve the pots. The fired pieces need to be cleaned and waxed to reveal their true colours.

Unpacking the pitUnpacking the pit

Cleaning the soot offCleaning the soot off

Washed pieces (still to be waxed)Washed pieces (still to be waxed)

Colour variationsColour variations

The Firehouse Potters also conducted a Raku firing this year, where a small kiln is heated with a gas flame thrower. The items below are this colour because they are red hot...

Red hot fired itemsRed hot fired items

'Reduction' technique removes all oxygen from the glaze'Reduction' technique removes all oxygen from the glaze

Finished piecesFinished pieces

Alternative raku techniqueAlternative raku technique

Uncovering a raku load at nightUncovering a raku load at night

If you are interested in staying at Iron Ridge Park when the Potters are having a pit firing, please phone us for further information