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Friday, May 15, 2009

raku firing


yesterday in my class at the Greenville Art Museum, we raku fired. i had a blast doing it! it's always fun for students to see raku firing. it's so dramatic and the pottery that come out is gorgeous! here's just some photos of the fun we had...
our tools...


lighting up the burners to heat up kiln!


suiting up! i'm wearing a welder's apron and face shield to help deflect the heat and flames


we open the kiln doors at about 1800 degrees F to pull out the pots...



the pots are glowing red when we pull them out. you quickly place them onto a pile of combustsable material, (we used straw)...



once the pot is placed in the bed of straw, we throw more straw on top then quickly cover the pot and straw with a metal bucket. this creates a crazy atmosphere under the bucket which develops the flashes in raku glazes.





after about 30 minutes of cooling, we lift the buckets to see the treasures underneath! we place them in a bucket or sink of cold water to cool...




...when we take them out of the water... viola! these are a few of my raku pieces from yesterday!

3 comments:

our little love nest said...

This class looks so fun. Great photos.

j.US.t chatter said...

oh my... so so neat!! (an apron & a face mask... but you're still in sandals... hehe i luv ya girl!)

The Eclectic Curio... said...

wow! i didn't know you did that!!! so cool!