A Raku firing this past weekend at the home of friends Pat Hight and Lois Reborn.
The near finished product
Peering into the top air hole of the kiln
Small propane fired kilns hold one to four or five pieces of pottery.
Stirring the glazes
Raku pottery freshly dipped in a copper glaze.
A sea of greenware created by Susan Minyard of Sweetwater Pottery
Dozens of Goddess figures ready for glaze
Hand thrown by Susan Minyard
Loading a kiln
Insulating mesh provides the outer part of the kiln
Unloading the kiln, red hot glaze melts
Fired pots heading to the burn chamber
The burn chamber, leaves, pine needles or other combustibles create part of the intricate surprising patterns on Raku
A metal trash can filled with combustibles is quickly placed on top to create a seal
The bottom container has water and the top can creates the airtight seal. The fire extinguishes and the smoke creates patterns
The still warm pieces are submerged into water for a final cooling