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Saggar Fired

Posted by on Jan 29, 2020 in uncategorized |

Saggar firing is new to me, and I find it very exciting. I wrap the burnished pot, along with combustibles and minerals, in heavy duty aluminum foil. I then fire it to about 1200 degrees, and let it cool. As with all pottery, you rarely get what you expect. Sometimes it is better! Kiln loaded with sagger pieces Tiny...

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All fired up!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in In and around the Pen |

The kiln is loaded and ready to go. The first day of Studio Tour is this Friday October 18. I will be throwing and assembling a fountain on Friday. On Saturday I will be demonstrating various raku techniques, and on Sunday I invite you to come try your hand at throwing a pot. See GreatFallsStudios.com for further information about the tour, or just go to...

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Western Style Raku

Posted by on Oct 6, 2019 in Raku at the Pen |

The piece is removed from the fire at about 1800 degrees. I put it onto a bed of combustibles which sits on a bed of sand. I then put a bucket over the pot and the fire, using the sand to seal it making it more or less airtight. Photo by Christopher...

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Obvara Raku

Posted by on Oct 6, 2019 in Raku at the Pen |

Obvara Raku is actually not raku at all. The only similarity is that the pot gets heated up in a raku kiln. Obvara is a technique used in the Balkans to seal low fire pots to prepare them for cooking and serving food. This method is said to promote good health and longevity to those consuming the food. How can this not be a good thing? When the kiln is at...

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