Good news folks! We have created another handy studio download for you! Wood Kiln Firing Techniques and Tips: Inspiration and Information for Making a Wood-Fired Kiln and Firing with Wood is now available for Ceramic Arts Daily subscribers to download. Wood Firing Techniques and Tips includes four great articles that will appeal to both the… Read More »
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, a perfect resource for potters and ceramic artists who are ready to experiment with custom glazes, or for those who have grown tired of their own tried and true glazes.
After the Paul Soldner video last Friday, I decided I would go on a bit of a raku kick here. So I searched out some more raku information and came up with this great tip from Cory Pinassi. Cory got frustrated struggling to move large, lidded and, oh yeah, RED-HOT forms to the post-firing reduction… Read More »
This is a technique brought to us by Mark S. Richardson. The basic process has been around for quite a while, and has been known by different names, one of which is “naked raku” (but don’t go getting your hopes up-it’s not that kind of story). As with any firing process, you should wear protective… Read More »