Transformation

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Raku

While typical pottery firings are a rather long, slow process taking a few hours to bring the temperature up and a drawn out cooling process, Raku tends to quickness. Using an insulated 45 gallon steel drum as a kiln with a propane fired tiger torch as the heat provider, it only takes about twenty minutes to raise the temperature up to 1800° F. Then the fun begins as you gingerly lift out the red hot pot with iron tongs, place it on a bed of shredded newspaper and fine wood shavings, which instantly burst into flames, and then cover the still flaming piece with a metal pail to use up the oxygen and reduce the glaze. With luck and magic the dull dried glaze will transform into a glassy multicoloured finish in minutes.

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