How to Raku Part 2 involves making something with Raku Clay and firing it.
John Langer has dropped off 50lbs of Raku clay at the Warehouse – it is on the wedging table. Use 2-3 lbs to make a pot of some sort – up to you. There is enough clay for each student to make a couple of pieces each. Just remember the larger the form, the more space it takes in the Raku kiln, and the less likely it will be fired.
Also, remember that Raku is not food safe pottery – so artistic forms instead of functional pottery might more suitable.
As far as Clay bodies go – John has had a few failures with the White B Clay during “RAKU” firing. The White B Clay should survive the Terra Sig and Saggar firings as they are lower temperatures. There are never guarantees with clay – but we should be okay with the B clay pots that were made for the Terra Sig and Saggar firings in Raku Part 1.
The course fee for this class is $50. It will include firing at least one pot each of your Terra Sig, Saggar, and Raku pieces. More pieces may be fired if the multitude of universal variables work in your favor. I will have Raku glazes for you to use for your Raku pieces. Plan on spending the day. Each firing takes 90 minutes to 2 hours. If you’d like – bring a dish to pass – and a few adult beverages…and we’ll make a party out of it – as we’ll likely go well into the evening hours.
We will plan on firing the greenware to Cone 010 later in the month of August.