Raku Demonstration

Raku is a style of pottery, originating in Japan, characterised by low firing temperatures and removal from kiln whilst still hot.

Vicky specialises in a reduction method, immersing the hot pots into sawdust to remove Oxygen whilst the glazes cool, resulting in exciting and unpredictable colours.

Glazed Pot Ready To Go

Glazed Pot
Pots are glazed in the normal manner

Loading the kiln

Loading kiln
Load kiln

Lighting the kiln

Lighting the kiln
Two gas nozzles power the kiln

Examining the firing

Examining the firing
The firing takes about 30 minutes

Opening the kiln

Loading kiln
The top of kiln is removed, pots are glowing orange-hot

Move pots to sawdust

Transferring pots to sawdust
Pots must be moved quickly to a bin full of sawdust

Adding more sawdust

Adding more sawdust
More sawdust is added to surround all layers of pots

Covering the bin

Covering the bin
The lid is added to prevent oxygen entering

Opening the bin

Opening bin
Burning and reduction is complete

Remove from bin

Remove from bin
Pots are still hot

Transfering to water

Transfer to water
Move to water for cleaning

Cleaning up

Cleaning up
Soot is removed with scouring pad

Cleaning and polishing

Cleaning and polishing
Pots are polished up

Final results

The finished batch
Another batch of pots finished