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RAKU FIRING AT THE DES MOINES ART CENTER
Student's participate in raku
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Instructors Nancy Briggs and Larissa Jung share a raku firing of student work Nancy removes work from the kiln after it reaches 1850 F and carries it to the metal trash can.
Paper, leaves and sawdust will ignite from the heat of the pottery.
Students place lids on the cans to smother the fire and begin the reduction process. Student stays well away from the flame. The reduction of air at this point will greatly affect the copper colorant in the glazes, and the carbon in the smoke will stain the bare clay gray to black.
Nancy is blowing air on the hot glaze surface to force the glaze to crackle. The smoke will stain the crackles black.