THE ancient elements of earth, air, fire and water came together at the Westcountry Potters' Association 10th annual social firing day in Tiverton.
A total of 30 members of the association decorated and fired nearly 150 pots at the event, which was held at Highfield Ceramics, Longdrag Hill.
A number of wood and gas-fired kilns were used by the potters and 'smoke-firing' was also carried out with smouldering sawdust in dustbins.
Most of the pots were fired using a version of the historic Japanese system used in tea ceremonies, which is known as raku.
Using this technique, glazed pots are heated rapidly in kilns in the open air and are then taken out when they reach temperatures of about 850 degrees Celsius.
They are then plunged into sawdust which catches fire. This leads to vivid colours and black markings on the finished pots – a process said to be spectacular to watch.
Organisers said everyone enjoyed the day and learned a great deal from each other and from demonstrators who worked hard firing the kilns and giving advice.
The event was staged by host Rosie Edmondston-Low at her house and studio where she runs regular ceramics classes.
It was organised by John Watson for the Westcountry Potters Association whose website is at www.westcountrypotters.co.uk
A number of the pots produced, together with many more, will be exhibited at the association's 20th anniversary exhibition from October 7-23 at the Goodwin Gallery, Petroc, Barnstaple.