If you’ve never participated in a raku firing before, you’re going to want to be part of one this summer. We’ll be doing the first firing in June – stay tuned for exact date as it is a weather-dependent event. In the meantime we’re going to get some raku clay on the shelves for you to use. M340 is acceptable but raku clay is far less susceptible to temperature shock cracking – results are always better with the right ingredients!
Handbuilt or wheel thrown, pieces need to be bisque fired before the raku firing. Size DOES matter – anything over 16″ tall would not fit in the kiln so build accordingly. We have lots of glazes at the guild and will be testing a couple more before June arrives.
There is equipment you need as well – a GOOD respiratory mask that is not entirely paper construction,(images of suggested masks to come) long sleeves, good work gloves, and about 5 hours to spare at a lovely farm northeast of Fort Saskatchewan.
Stay tuned for further details….