What an amazing day at the Semiahmoo Arts Centre last month taking part in a Raku pottery class with my very talented artist friend, Bev Ellis!
To prepare for the class each of the 10 participants made about 6 items that were bisque fired ahead of time. On Sunday July 9th the class came together to glaze our pieces, then worked as a team to fired them in the outdoor, super hot kiln (it gets up to 1800 degrees!) One of the jobs I did during the firing was using the tongs and protective gear to removed the fired pieces from the kiln and place in a container of sawdust. The super hot piece ignites the sawdust and creates a lot of smoke! A lid is then placed over the container and the smoke does some sort of magic with the glaze and after 10 minutes in the smoke filled container, the item is removed, plunged into water to cool down, then admired for it beauty! The techs Tony and Angela did an amazing training us (and keeping us safe) all in the wonderful ways of Raku pottery! Looking forward to the next time already!