one of my favorite days of the year: raku day!

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Usually about once a year, I get the amazing opportunity to participate in a raku firing with some members of my ceramic community.  I love anytime I get to fire my work and open the kiln to see the finished pieces, but raku is a completely different and very exciting process!

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Raku firings are a special type of ceramic firing where the fired raku piece is removed from the kiln while still glowing hot.  I love seeing pieces at this stage, because it isn’t typically something you get to see up close and personal.  The pieces glow orange and fiery, the glaze bubbly.

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After the piece is removed, it is placed in a container (we used trash cans) filled with combustible material (we used newspaper) in order to get really neat effects on the surface of the wares.

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The whole process can be a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it – some of my favorite pieces have been fired this way!  To top it all off, we head to a beautiful piece of land up north of Santa Rosa in northern California, and I just love being there in the hills with the amazing trees and creatures.

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Between the raku and the fresh air (when away from the firing…), it is definitely one of my favorite days of the year!

Oh, and there are puppies!

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Below are a few more snaps from the day this past weekend.  Enjoy!

Xox.

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