The Raku Process
All work is biscuit fired in an indoor electric kiln. A high alkaline frit glaze is then applied before the work is then taken outside to be raku-fired in a gas kiln.
|Mandy placing work in the gasfired raku kiln.|
|When the glaze reaches about 900 degrees the lid is opened and the work is swiftly removed using tongs.|
|Next the work is placed in a smoke pit...|
|...covered with sawdust, and the lid replaced to stop the flow of oxygen.|
After around 20 minutes the now-blackened sculpture is removed.
The glaze has crazed and the gaps filled with carbon to give the black and white crackled effect.
|Wearing protective gloves, the piping hot work is carefully placed on a metal tray to cool.|
|Water is poured over the sculpture to extinguish any flames and cool the work.|
|Back in the studio , the work is cleaned up using fine brushes and wire wool.|