Adventures in Raku

While I have been doing pottery for about 3 years, there is an endless list of ways to do almost anything with pottery that I have barely even glanced over!

One of those things is raku firing - under which there are endless techniques and methods and and and…

Ceramics is truly an incredible art form - centuries of years of exploring and playing with clay have led to some mind-blowing discoveries and I want to learn it all! It is so dynamic and exciting.

These photos were from a raku firing day I went to a few weeks ago where we watched and learnt and played and shrieked with excitement - yes a sunny garden full of women getting beyond excited about what may come out of the fiery drum of burnt sawdust and waiting impatiently to see a 1000 degree pot pulled from the kiln and held in the air for just the right length of time to form some cracks but never really knowing what those cracks will look like or what colour something will turn, will it crack right in half or stay intact?!?

It was such a pleasure to watch Evette Kruger calmly enjoy controlling the process - years and years of wisdom subtly coming through in every dangerous and not so dangerous part of the process.

Ok, enough rambling on - have a look for yourself…

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