Raku Process

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Inspiration: Real wood campfire

Trompe l’oeil logs are drying and then bisqued. Pieces are glazed with special glazes for low-fire raku.
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After placing in kiln and firing to approximately 1800, I can see through the top peephole that glazes have melted and the kiln top is lifted off the base. Pieces are red hot.

Tongs are used to remove and place pieces in metal containers with combustibles. I use shredded paper, sawdust, straw mostly. The burning material is going to use up the oxygen inside when smothered creating a “reduction” atmosphere.
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Clay and glaze colors are determined by the creative and knowledgeable use of reduction and re-oxidation. Or more or less the universe’s random action of giving and taking away. It’s a good reminder that we are not always in control.

Finished pieces are still porous so not suitable for holding liquid for long periods or being outside.