Thursday, 12 July 2012
RAKU Firing Day
My tutor from College invited my Ceramics group and I to a Raku Firing day.
Its a different way of firing pots once they have had their first firing. You put on the special RAKU glaze and then they go in the Raku kiln and it only takes a couple of hours at the most to get it up to the right temperature when the glaze is glossy. Then they are taken out while still hot and put into a tub of wood chippings with a lid over them to starve them of oxygen. This brings about some gorgous changes to the glaze depending which one was put on. I came away with lovely turquiose blue and copper colour pots and one with white on it. They all have the lovely crazed texture too.
We had a lovely day and were well looked after with tea and cake, thanks to Dave and his lovely Wife Alice and Debbie who bought a cake in to share too.
Hopefully we can go on his Kiln building course soon and then will have my own kiln to experiment with.
Unfortunately the leaf broke on the way home but it still looks gorgeous stuck back together with glue.
It is a most exciting process to see the pots changing colour before your very eyes.
http://welcombepottery.wordpress.com/courses/ A really fabulous day. Thanks for looking. XX