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Posted on: March 27th 2018

Stunning Artwork with Raku Experimentation

Raku kiln set up outside art dept

On Saturday 17th March, Senior School artists from Lower 5th to Upper 6th once again experimented with Raku firing, putting their work through the special kiln set up outside the Art Department.

Art dept raku firing Art dept with raku kiln

Raku firing is a centuries old Japanese method of firing which involves pots being removed from the kiln at 1000 degrees and then placed in bins full of combustible materials, producing unique and unpredictable qualities to the work.  By placing the pots in a reduced atmosphere that is starved of oxygen, the flames draw oxygen out of the copper oxide in the glaze mixture to give a beautiful range of colours and effects. The pots are enhanced by the smoke from the combustible materials post firing.  Once cooled, the grit and smoke is scrubbed off, revealing a stunning crackling effect in the surface and beautiful colours, as you can see the resulting artwork below.

Raku pottery in the Senior School 2018

 Raku artwork in the Senior School Colourful raku artwork in the senior school

Raku firing provides pupils with a fantastic opportunity to try out a different and exciting technique which is usually offered by universities, so it is fantastic for our pupil artists to learn and be inspired by new methods at this stage.