The primary objective of this class is to get a sense of what a raku kiln is, how it works and how to control the results of our pots. You will get as much out of this class as you want. If your goal at the end of the class is to buy or build a Raku kiln and be firing on your own that is possible. If your goal is just to have fun I will make sure you do.
We will discuss and do different alternative firings including- Raku, Horse Hair, Sagger and Smoke Firing. We will Come up with a schedule as a class on the first day and stick to that Schedule.
Any clay will work but a cone 6 white stoneware is recommended(WH8 is Best) You
will be supplied with one 25 LB bag of clay on the first day
Glaze- We will supply a number of different Raku glazes in brush form. You are also welcome to purchase your own glazes.
Tools- We will supply all the tools needed for this class but you are also welcome to bring your own.
Dress Code- Closed toe shoes, try not to wear polyester, Pants, Bandana(recommended), Gloves Supplied but are welcome to bring your own(have to be welding gloves or some type of high temp. material), long Sleeve Shirt(recommended)
We will all be taking turns pulling hot pots from the kiln so this dress code will not be mandatory every class period, only on the day that you are going to be helping pull pots. It will be very hot and we will be outside. Bring stuff to keep you cool and sunscreen is a good idea.
Class- Come prepared with a few pieces(no larger then 8” tall and 6”wide)
fired to Bisque Cone 04 and already glazed. You are welcome to come in before
the 1st class to get your piece glazed. Pieces need to be totally
dried before firing so we need to have them glazed at least a day in advanced.
Ask to talk to me(Dan Lauer) and I will help you get set up to glaze
Remaining 5 classes-We will set a schedule on the first class period, stating what kind of firing we will be doing each class. You will be expected to come prepared each class. Because of a time restraint the kiln will be closed and be firing by 9:45 AM No Exceptions!!!! so don’t be late.
Students will take turns each class period helping me fire and pull pots. During the firing time the other students will have studio time to make stuff and get prepared for the next class. Firings take about an hour and a Half. Leaving time for everyone to get in the studio and work.
If there are any questions as to talk to me( Daniel Lauer)