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Raku Firing

Raku means "enjoyment", "comfort" or "ease"
Raku ware (楽焼 raku-yaki?) is a type of Japanese Pottery that is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, most often in the form of tea bowls. Raku firing is expressive, exciting and fun.

Raku firing is one of the most exciting processes in ceramics. After you place your pottery into a raku kiln, the anticipation builds as you wait for that final moment when the intense heat begins to melt the raku glazes. You remove the pieces when the glazes begin to melt, you can feel the heat and hear the pings your red hot work rapidly cooling, then it’s into the raku combustibles for a round of flame and smoke. Many surprises await you as you clean the surface and reveal the wonders of raku pottery.


Saw-Dust Firing

To carry out a sawdust firing the ceramist packs the work in sawdust in a simple kiln structure, sets the sawdust on fire, and allows it to burn until combustion ceases from lack of fuel.As the sawdust burns, rich patterns of carbon smudging are left on the surface of the piece. Pieces fired in sawdust have a natural and direct quality that can be very appealing. Sawdust firing has the advantage of being economical.The firing is carried out in a simple firing container rather than in a true kiln.

 

Pieces intended for the sawdust fire are burnished wih or without  or terra sigillata, followed by bisque firing in regular kiln.The sawdust fire is very effective with these surface coatings and the fire markings are emphasized.