Jay Hanes on thu 9 oct 97
Does anyone have any experience (sucessful or otherwise to reply) about
wet-firing raku ware, that is, from freshly formed to finished in one
firing cycle? If so, please share some details...
douglas gray on fri 10 oct 97
Leaving the success story to someone else, I'll respond to the otherwise
portion in your request. Haven't tried myself, but watched a young lady at
school send her pots through the raku kiln, batch after batch after batch. Pots
blew up like crazy, hot unbisqued shards going everywhere, filling the burner
port, sticking to the fiber blanket, a real sight. What I couldn't figure out
is why she kept doing it. I mean no sooner had one entire batch blown up, then
the kiln was cooled and another loaded. She must have lost 20-30 pieces in one
weekend. Hogged the kiln the entire time, left it a total mess for those who
followed after her. Come to find out she needed finished work for a critique
the next week. That's what I call putting all your eggs in one basket, setting
the basket in the middle of a busy street, and calling in a steamroller just to
In all seriousness, I don't know if she put them in completely wet. I doubt it.
Probably were already leather hard, trimmed, etc. Boy what a waste.
In message Jay Hanes writes:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Does anyone have any experience (sucessful or otherwise to reply) about
> wet-firing raku ware, that is, from freshly formed to finished in one
> firing cycle? If so, please share some details...
Douglas E. Gray
Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics
Francis Marion Univeristy
Florence, South Carolina 29501