About this Event
Do you like fire? Of course you do!
Western raku is a firing process where pottery is heated up quickly to high temperatures and then cooled quickly by plunging in water, leaving in open air or placing in a barrel filled with combustible materials such as newspaper or sawdust and capping to create a reduction atmosphere.
This dramatic method produces unpredictable results and intense, exciting colors. Come join us to learn more about the roots of raku, the modern twist that has developed and try your hand at an awesome firing method!
This is a TWO-PART Event! June 28th and June 30th.
Class on Thursday, June 28th: Students will learn how to prepare (glaze) their pieces for raku and about the firing process.
Event on Saturday, June 30th: We will be meeting offsite at a local potter's house (less than 10 minutes from DMS) to use his raku kiln. We'll kick back and enjoy a summer day/evening while catching things on fire! Exact time TBD (will be discussing with participants closer to the date).
What you will need:
* 3-4 pieces, 4"X6" maximum, of bisqued pottery. If you are new to raku, stoneware is a good clay body of choice.
*A small assortment of raku glazes will be provided at the Thursday class but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
*If you have a source for shredded paper, please let me know! We'll also be bringing sawdust from Woodshop.
*If you have any old popcorn tins or small metal trashcans with lids that you don't mind getting scorched, that would be excellent.
If you have any question, please let me know!
Email: [email protected]
Special Considerations and Warnings
This is a Two Part Event. Class is on Thursday, June 28th, and then we will be firing on Saturday, June 30th. You must attend both sessions (or make arrangements with me in advance).
You will need to bring your own, bisqued pottery pieces. Maximum of 3-4 pieces, 4"X6" size limit. We will attempt to fire all pieces but will be constrained by the kiln and the shape/size of work. If you would like to bring an extra or two, we will see *IF* there is additional room but there is no guarantee.