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U 2 Can Raku!

U 2 Can Raku!

Last weekend I led a Raku Firing Workshop for Ceramic Arts Queensland in Brisbane.  I entitled the workshop – U 2 Can Raku!

I did this because I think that anyone can raku and it is a very accessible, inexpensive and fun way to fire non-functional pieces.

I took my 2 kilns as I know how to fire them well –  (1 fibre and 1 wood-fired – and now my car stinks like smoke LIKE CRAZY two weeks out!)   CAQ also had two lovely kilns – so altogether we had 4 raku kilns to fire.

One participant brought his pieces unbisqued, so I set him to firing the wood raku kiln – very slowly.  Amazingly, he only lost 1 or 5 tea bowls and they fired to bisque in about 2 hours.  Then he continued to fire them and glaze them and generally we all had a good play experimenting with his lovely handbuilt tea bowls.

We had great glazes to play with and great weather, so all in all I think that it was a great day!  Amazing team work by all and the results were truly fantastic!  Wish I had photos of each piece!

I was very busy and had little time for photos, so thanks to Emma for these lovely photos!

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The Participants at the Raku Firing Workshop at Ceramic Arts Queensland, Brisbane.

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Marian Williams describing the building and workings of her homemade fibre raku kiln.

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Marian explaining my trash bin woodfired raku kiln.

Lovely Ceramic Arts Queensland Raku Kilns

Lovely Ceramic Arts Queensland Raku Kilns

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A variety of sizes of reduction tins makes all the difference in getting good results!

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Raku- Copper Lustre by Marian Wiliams

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Raku totem by Marian Williams

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Raku bottle by Marian Williams

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Handbuilt textured form by Marian Williams.

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Close up of textured raku piece.

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Lidded Raku Piece by Marian Williams

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Horsehair/feathe raku by Marian Williams.

Good luck to you all in your raku efforts!  Let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Remember – U 2 Can Raku!

Marian

 

 

Written by Marian Williams

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