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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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Pit Fire

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

Pit firing may be the oldest method for firing clay. The firing temperature is very low and the pieces are primarily decorative, although anciently they were certainly widely used. Typically the pots are piled together in a pit and surrounded by combustibles of all kinds. Depending on what is in the pit, the pots will come out black, grey, green, pink,...

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