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Raku firing

We had a fun time at the pottery studio last night. Or I should say "outside" the studio as we did a raku firing. It was a really interesting technique to experience.

100_1175The bisque fired pieces are loaded into the raku kiln

100_1177It's  really pretty much made out of wire and thick walls of insulating material

100_1179The kiln is then heated to 1,800 degrees by propane...that's HOT!!

100_1183Everything is glowing hot when the kiln reaches that high temperature...

100_1184Next the pieces are removed from the kiln and placed in metal buckets lined with straw. Additional straw goes on and the hot pottery catches the straw on fire. The lid is placed on the buckets and then they "smoke." Once they are done smoking, each piece is carefully placed into buckets of water until they are cooled enough to handle.

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Once out of the water, the pieces can be carefully washed and buffed to reveal the finish. The real fun is that you cannot predict the outcome at all and each piece is unique in every way! I love how my three little pieces came out!

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