Weather permitting, the first Saturday of May, July and September MCW will have a COMBINATION pit firing and raku firing ~ pieces must be previously bisque fired. Each of these pieces can be a maximum of 12″ x 12″ in size. $5 per piece fee.
Reservations are required one week in advance of each firing.
They begin at 10 am and end at 5 pm.
Firing SATURDAYS are exciting and fun. Join us for a raku (and pit firing) at Northeast Ceramic Supply and Monroe ClayWorks.
Raku means pleasure or enjoyment. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century. Over the years various ways of raku firing have been tried.
Basic American raku is a fast, low-temperature firing of a glazed pottery piece. The piece is pulled from the fire with tongs and placed in a container that has a layer of sawdust. The pottery piece will burst into flames, more sawdust is thrown on the piece. The container lid is placed on the containers to reduce oxygen.
Some potters remove the hot, reduced pots and quench them in water. After the pots cool they are gently cleaned and a fixative or wax can be put on them to seal in the color.
Raku pots are one of a kind. It is a fun process that invites experimentation and contemplation. Raku can be humble forms, figurative and/or sculptural.
For more info call or email:
Barbara Reeley: firstname.lastname@example.org
(518) 669-5296 (518) 274-2722