When most potters in the West think of raku firing, they think of what should technically be referred to as "American" or "Western" raku: a process in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials, which blackens raw clay and causes crazing in the glaze surface. This Western raku firing process has a huge draw for many potters because of its excitement and unpredictability. Here, we have gathered articles and videos on raku firing that will appeal to the novice and the expert alike. And if you are looking for glazes for your raku work, don't forget to download your free copy of Successful Tips and Techniques for Raku Firing: How to Select Raku Clays, Glazes, Kilns and Combustibles
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Ceramic artist Cory Pinassi got frustrated struggling to move large, lidded and, oh yeah, RED-HOT forms to the
post-firing reduction chamber with raku tongs so she came up with this brilliant solution, which she shares with us today.
Mark Richardson shares his technique for getting peel-away slip onto his pots, keeping the slip intact through the raku firing and reduction process, and then removing it easily at the end.