October 9, 2013

Do you RAKU?

Set fire to your ceramic pots at our studio. October 27 we will be hosting a Raku firing with our new and improved Raku kiln. Bring some bisque pieces for firings, soon goodies to eat and share and use the studio glazes to prepare your pieces. We will be firing 2 -3 different cycles depending on timing.

Raku firing is a traditional Japanese style firing that was originally used to make pots for tea ceremonies. The ceramic pieces are pulled GLOWING HOT from a kiln and then left to cool in the air or in a pile of combustibles to gain difference effects. Spectacular metallic colors can be achieved by a process called reduction when raku firing.

Reduction is the process of removing the oxygen inside the environment. When you take a piece of glowing red ceramics its at about 1500F. The piece is then placed in a chamber with newspaper or anything else that you can get your hands on to create a flame. Once it catches fire, you cover the piece and do yous best to seal every possible avenue where oxygen might get sucked in. Inside the “reduction chamber” magic happens. Fire is a living breathing entity. And it just wants to keep breathing. Fire breaths with oxygen. Once all the easy oxygen is consumed by Fire it starts to attach anything else that might have oxygen. For example iron oxide or Fe02 for you chemists. The Fire consumes the O2 and leaves behind the iron, or copper, or cobalt or what ever other metal is mixed in with your glaze. It leaves the raw metal with beautiful Fire kisses as it greedily tries to consume all the oxygen in its path. And when you are done you have a one of a kind masterpiece.

Join us for this HOT HOT time!
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