|raku supplies: sawdust, shredded paper, heat resistant gloves, masks, pots, snacks|
|empty raku pits - sawdust bottom then shredded paper|
I had to suit up before I could get close to the kiln to take the door off and get my work out and in to the pits.
My mask was poor. I really need a better one.
It was so smoky. I wasn't ready for all the smoke.
|smoky pits with hot ceramic pieces from the kiln in them|
|smoke from the pits|
While we waited for our pieces to cool off I experimented with smoke firing.
This is the easiest surface effect I have tried yet. Get a metal garbage can, put your piece in the can, crumple newspaer around it and set it on fire. Add more paper as needed depending on how your piece looks. Sometimes we put a lid on the can to create even more smoke in it.
|adding fuel to the fire|
|burning paper all around my sculpture|
|smoke firing with lid on to make it more smoky|