Art Students Use Raku Firing To Create Exquisite Pottery Pieces

Today several of our pottery classes got to finish their pottery pieces using raku firing. This is a special firing of pottery involving a propane tank for fuel, open flame burner, and a small raku kiln. Each firing takes about 45 minutes to bring pots to temperature. Then the pots are taken out of the kiln (orange hot!) and placed into small metal trash cans with paper. The paper will catch on fire and burn for 10-20 seconds. Then the cans will have lids placed on them so that a reduction atmosphere can occur. After a 5 minute wait the pots will be taken out of the can and thrust into containers of water to stop the process.