Sunday, September 6, 2009

Raku Firing Process

What makes raku such a unique process? After a piece of pottery is placed into a special kiln it is fired up to 1900 degrees. At that temperature, the kiln is opened and the piece is moved to a trash can lined with news print. The piece is so hot that the paper catches on fire and burns up the piece. It is this post firing process that produces that moment of time in the fire that makes each piece unique. The colors of copper come from this fire as the copper is reduced chemically. It is a magical process like none other.

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