William Brouillard on mon 17 jun 96
Wheels and raku
Since the topics of equipment with wheels and Raku firing were
both in the air I thought that a project that conbined both
would be a well timed post.
AT CIA we have a raku reduction cart.
It is made from 3" angle iron with a metal grid floor covered
with cement board and 2.5" of sand. The cart is on 4"caster wheels
and has a pull handle not unlike a toy wagon. (A metal toy wagon
would make a good cart for smaller work).
In addition to the cart we have a group of metal containers
ranging from full size garbage cans to smaller and shorter
metal trays. We chooze a container that is somwhat larger
than the work to be fired and press it rim down into the sand on
the cart. The can is removed and a small amount of reduction
material is placed inside of the the indentation made by the rim
of the can. A few wads of lightly crushed newsprint are placed
in the can.
The pot is taken from the hot kiln and placed on the cart. The can
with the paper is placed over the work and pressed down into the
sand. This seals the combustion gases and smoke inside the can and
eliminates most of the smoke and flame associated with raku. It also
means that you do not have to drop your work in to a deep container
several feet of flame comming out of the top. The cart can then be
moved out of the way or out of the studio
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