* Raku Under A Full Moon *
with great girlfriends,
in the moment,
experiencing something new together ~
What a magical night!
My friend, Carrie is a potter. She taught us a new method of pottery called Raku pottery. There are many, many steps to creating Raku pottery, especially if it’s your first time.
A kiln has to be constructed that can withstand high temperatures (greater than 1600 degrees) and huge flame. Luckily, Carrie’s sweet husband, Jason was willing to help us with that.
When the kiln was built and hooked up to a propane tank, Carrie (my pyro friend) lit the flaming wand that was much bigger than I had imagined!
The pots are placed in the fiery kiln and the lid placed on.
When the pots glow orange from the heat, it’s time to remove them. Here’s my friend Sarah removing the uber hot pots from the kiln!
The lids are placed back on the bins, where the fire dies. After about 20 minutes, they are removed and placed in yet another bin, one full of water. Here is where the unusual glaze patterns are set for life.
After that, the clay pieces are scrubbed and voila’! If everything went as it should, you have gorgeous, original pots that never look the same twice.
As we were finishing our night of Raku firing, Carrie looked up what the word raku meant. Guess what the definition is?
Isn’t that serendipitious?!
Right in the midst of our Joy Celebration Week!