Raku Pottery Firing
Raku is a Japanese-inspired firing technique. In the westernized version, we heat ceramic pots quickly, then remove them from the kiln while at bright red heat and place them into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere that affects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. The drastic thermal shock also produces deliberate “crackling.” Bring 2-3 bisque-fired pots (made with raku clay) and we will glaze and fire them outside with live flame. Wear pants, long sleeves, long hair tied up and closed toed shoes.
Note: Your bisque pots will ideally be made out of raku clay but if they are not that will be okay. If it is not possible for you to bring any bisque-fired pots please contact the Ceramics Studio in advance.
Amanda Ann Palmer has been working with clay for around twenty years. She majored in art with a concentration in ceramics at Jacksonville State University, earning her BFA in 2005. Amanda Ann started teaching wheel throwing at ArtisTree in 2015 and has found teaching to be a wonderful way to share and grow ideas. She loves making everyday pots and finds using them to be an integral part of practicing mindfulness. For more information about Amanda Ann, please visit http://www.amandaannpalmer.com/