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How to Use Tape Resist with Barrel Firing to Create Organic Patterns

Posted On June 18, 2014 2 Comments
As Dana Bilello-Barrow was developing her voice and her skills with clay, she realized that she would often be disappointed by her post after glazing. What resonated with was the tactile connection she had with the raw clay so she decided to try to find ways to maintain that through the firing. Her solution was barrel firing. In today’s post, an excerpt from Naked Raku and Related Techniques, she shares a cool way to develop organic patterning on barrel fired posts.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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Pop Goes the Slip! Charlie and Linda Riggs’ Naked Raku Technique

Posted On February 10, 2014 2 Comments

Naked raku gets its racy name because during the process of firing, the outer shell of slip that was applied falls off revealing the “naked” surface of the pot underneath. Charlie and Linda Riggs get some beautiful results from this technique. Today, in an excerpt from our free download Successful Tips and Techniques for Raku Firing: How to Select Raku Clays, Glazes, Kilns and Combustibles, Charlie and Linda share their technique.

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Tips for Making, Firing, and Finishing Saggars and Saggar Fired Pottery in a Raku Kiln

Posted On August 28, 2013 2 Comments

Charlie and Linda Riggs began experimenting with saggar firing after being disappointed with the results of some of their pit firings. Today, the Riggs share their saggar firing process which they have tweaked and honed over the years. Enjoy!

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Practicing Safe Raku: How Potters Can Protect Themselves When Playing With Fire

Posted On August 27, 2012 4 Comments

I participated in a raku firing (Western style) when I was an undergrad in one of Matt Long’s classes at Ohio University. It is no wonder raku is such a popular technique among potters and ceramic artists because what’s not to love about playing so directly with fire? But, like many ceramic techniques, it is extremely important to follow strict safety guidelines, not only to protect yourself from the open flame, but also the fumes that can damage your lungs. In today’s feature, ceramic artist and long-time raku practitioner Michael Lancaster shares some of the things he has learned over his many years of firing raku.

Vessel, 20 inches high. Embedded glass technique glazed with Rogers White with brushes of Del Favero Luster glazes. Slight post-firing reduction. By Steven Branfman.

How to Inlay Glass into Wheel Thrown Raku Pottery

Posted On May 23, 2011 28 Comments

There are all sorts of ways to use glass to embellish pottery. But I had never seen anyone inlay glass exactly like Steven Branfman does. Steven throws a cylinder and then rolls it in crushed glass. Then he continues throwing from the inside (so as not to cut his fingers!) to shape the pot. In today’s post, Steven takes us through the process step by step. Plus, you can download Steven’s raku glaze recipes in our latest free download 15 Tried and True Raku Glaze Recipes: Recipe Cards for our Favorite Raku Pottery Glazes.

“White Pines,” 24 inches in height.

Raku on the Walls: How to Make a Raku Mural

Posted On December 20, 2010 17 Comments

If you have ever done raku firing, you are probably aware that the raku firing process should not be used for pots that are intended to serve food. The rapid firing, removal of the ware at the red-heat stage, and subsequent post-firing all contribute to surfaces that remain porous after firing. So it is best for decorative pots or sculpture. If you are looking for another application for raku, today’s post just might be for you.

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Raku Firing: Advanced Techniques

Posted On December 16, 2010 Comments Off

This updated and revised Ceramic Arts Handbook edition of Advanced Raku Techniques contains information on forming, glazes and glazing, kiln construction and firing, as well as inspirational stories from some of the most influential raku artists working today. For any potter who has experienced the excitement and immediacy of the raku process, this book is a must.

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Raku, Pit & Barrel: Firing Techniques

Posted On December 13, 2010 Comments Off

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Posted On August 29, 2010 Comments Off

British
potter John Mathieson provides a clear and concise overview of the raku
process, covering all the essentials—clay types, post firing reduction
methods, and equipment. You’ll also enjoy the tips and techniques
shared by 30 experts on topics spanning the entire raku process from
conception to final reduction.

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Successful Tips and Techniques for Raku Firing: How to Select Raku Clays, Glazes, Kilns and Combustibles Available for Download

Posted On November 23, 2009 17 Comments

To give you and idea of the great stuff that is packed into our latest free download Successful Tips and Techniques for Raku Firing: How to Select Raku Clays, Glazes, Kilns and Combustibles, I am posting an excerpt today. It is a common misconception that potters must use glazes specifically formulated for raku in a raku firing. But as Steven Branfman explains in this feature, you can use virtually any glaze in the raku process – from commercial to homemade, and low fire to high fire.