A seat was open in a class called Raku Pottery. I had never heard of “raku” until I started my job, but basically, it’s where you glaze a pot with raku paints, put it in a super hot kiln powered by like propane or something until it is 1800 degrees, and then drop it in a closed garbage can with newspapers to let the colors “do their thing.” Basically the glaze reacts with whatever is in the container and there is no oxygen so something happens. After that, it gets rinsed off and then cleaned and it’s ready to GO. I’m sure there’s a more technical explanation somewhere… but that is how I interpreted my first raku experience to be.
For the purpose of this class, the pieces were already made and we just chose our favorite to glaze.
Though this is for sure not what I was expecting when I was painting my pot — but I think it turned out pretty cool. :-)
It’s first piece “knick knack” in our new house… LOL. Now — what other “artsy” things should I try?! I’m kind of interested in glass! That seems fool proof? ;-)
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