Raku Firing at ClayWorks
On Saturday 30th June, one of the hottest days of the year, 12 intrepid potters took part in a Raku firing outside the ClayWorks studio in Southport. All the pots had been previously made and biscuit fired especially for this event. They were coloured with glazed on the day and over 30 pots then fired to a temperature of over 950' Celsius - a good red hot.
After smoking in a reduction atmosphere they were cooled in water and finally cleaned to reveal the chemistry which comes from raku firing. The crazes in glazes are blackened by smoke and the metals in them are drawn to the surface by the severe lack of oxygen caused by sealing them in a container with burning straw and wood chips. The gallery below shows some of the results. Well Done Everybody!