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Monday, August 16, 2010

raku = pyromaniac party!

Raku is a fast fire process involving a lotta flames and drama. Martha had a raku party on Sunday, and there were maybe 12 of us there. Above, Chris and I mixed some glazes...

The kiln in this case is just a wire cage with ceramic insulation set atop bricks with a small burner blowing in fire....
I had 2 pieces in the first batch. The kiln goes up from zero to 1000 plus degrees in a half hour. You sorta look inside, see glowing pots and know they are ready to be taken out so you lift the lid off and pull out the glowing hot pots and then dumped into a trash can full of paper and sawdust for the smoky reduction (adds color and effects)






14 comments:

Kimberly said...

Wow Gary! Those are beautiful.. And you make much better dumpster fires than I do!!

Becky Jo said...

Completely awesome... gives new meaning to the term 'hot pot'. :)

Jill A. Brown said...

I love, love love to Raku! Yay to fire and beautiful colors and rich blacks!

ang said...

yeh baby...RAKU woohoo!!! you make a mean glaze mr G... :P

~ Sil in Corea said...

Those pots are stunningly beautiful! The process is kinda like magic, too.

Pauline said...

That is awesome, and the pots are gorgeous!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is super cool. I had no idea...

Michèle Hastings said...

RAKUUUUUU!!!! my favorite way to spend a day. Jeff and I both have raku kilns and we can't wait to fire them up again.

Reverend Awesome said...

Oh wow that's a fun firing party!
Love the results too!

cindy shake said...

I'm soooo jealous! You're a man who knows how to work a set of tongs ;o)

Reb said...

Love those vases Gary! What a neat process.

George and Maureen Johnson said...

Oh how fun! We love Raku parties! they are so way cool...! :) Love the pots...:)

Liz said...

raku!!!! gotta love it!

kcinnova said...

Wow!

Without the pottery and all, it looks like a camping trip: a bunch of folks standing around the fire with greenery everywhere. (Hurry up, Autumn!!)

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I am a part-time pottery instructor at Cornell University Pot Shop and a full-time studio potter and sculptor, married to superhawt Missus Tastycake.