Raku firing is a huge draw for many potters (especially pyromaniac potters) because it is a firing process in which you can most literally play with fire. Raku (western style) involves removing pieces from the kiln while the glazes are still molten and placing them in containers filled with combustible materials. The resulting combustion and smoky atmosphere creates lustrous and iridescent effects on glazes high in metallic content. After many requests, today I am posting a video of a raku firing. In this excerpt from his full-length DVD “Beginning Raku,” potter Gordon Hutchens first slab builds a vase and then raku fires it. All along the way, Gordon shares his expertise with the process, covering safety and explaining the technical details. It is an excellent video for beginning raku-ers. Plus, we’ve posted some of Gordon’s raku glaze recipes and washes for overglaze decoration below. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.