One of the oldest known methods of firing, pit-firing literally involves digging a pit to contain unfired pottery, covering the pieces with combustible material and allowing the path of the ash and flame to create the elegant patterns and textures on the surface of each piece. Cindy uses a variety of materials to create diverse effects on her pit-fired works. Each one is entirely unique. Other forms of Alternative firings are Naked Raku where no glaze is added to the work before firing, but the piece is dipped into a special clay slip that then falls away after firing to reveal a beautiful black and white piece. Cindy also enjoys firing her pieces in the Horse Hair Raku process~ where the piece is heated and then horse hair or other organic materials are applied when it is removed from the kiln.