The Artists’ Workshop will be holding a Raku Firing on Friday afternoon, December 1 and all day on Sunday, December 3.
(All specific info at the bottom of this post)
Raku ware (楽焼 raku-yaki) is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls. ... In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air.
You will be firing sculptures and pots in the outdoor propane fire kiln. Here is how instructors Kathy O’Meara and Margaret Anglin describe this short-term class: "Once the kiln reaches about 1800° F we will remove our pieces with tongs and put them in trash cans full of newspaper and sawdust. The glazes will change color and unglazed portions will turn black from the carbon. Hot pieces not put in the trash cans can be adorned with horse hair and ferric chloride. We will experience wabi sabi, a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete."
It will be very hands-on: "...a very participatory experience. We all cover our heads with scarves, wear leather aprons when near the hot trash cans, rip up paper for the trash cans, etc. Lots of fun!"
Currently there are only three people signed up and they need at least one more to actually hold the class, but they can accommodate up to 8! (For those of you who have signed up, please start saving your newspapers!)
Students will provide bisque fired pieces for the Friday glazing/planning class period. On the following Sunday session, pieces will be fired. Horse hair, ferric chloride and other finishes may be explored. Please contact either Kathy or Margaret to assure your clay body is appropriate for raku firing, that the size and number of pieces will fit in the kiln and to confirm schedule. Each student will bring 3-5 bisque fired pieces (Max height 16" with narrow base; max 10" width for flat pieces.)
Here is all the info you need. Please sign up as soon as possible!
Friday Dec 1, at 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Sunday, Dec 3, at 8:00 AM – 5:00+PM
Class held in Studio A and outside kiln area.
$50 Members, $55 Non-Members for the two-day session
and $10 supply fee.
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