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saggar firing

Saggar Firing – How to Make Simple Aluminum Saggars

Saggar Firing In the past, the term ‘saggar’ referred to a container that pottery was fired in.  These containers were made of heat-resistant, refractory material.  They were designed to protect the pots from the fumes, flames, and debris in the atmosphere of the kiln. Today saggars are often used for the opposite purpose.  These days…

japanese raku pottery

Japanese Raku Pottery – Raku Ware Past and Present

For a long time, Japanese raku pottery remained a mystery to me.  I like to make raku pottery, and I was aware that the techniques I had learned are western raku methods.  I knew that these were different from the Japanese methods.  But I felt a bit intimidated and ill-equipped to understand Japanese raku.  However,…

raku firing temperature

What is the Recommended Raku Firing Temperature?

Raku firing pottery is often described as a low fire fast method of glazing or finishing your pottery.  But if you are thinking of firing raku, you might be wondering what exactly is the recommended raku firing temperature?  In the context of a raku firing temperature, what does ‘low fire’ mean? Raku pottery is often…

copper matte raku

Copper Matte Raku – How to Make Copper Fuming Raku Pottery

Copper matte raku, also known as copper fuming raku is a low fire technique that can produce iridescent multi-colored pottery.  It involves the application of a simple copper oxide wash to bisque pots.  These are then raku fired and put into a post-firing reduction atmosphere to create a vivid array of rainbow colors. There are…

how to glaze raku pottery

How to Glaze Raku Pottery – Glazing and Underglazing Raku

Raku firing is quite different from regular firing in a gas or electric kiln.  If you are new to raku, this may have left you wondering if raku glazing techniques are different too.  When I started out in raku, I was left with similar questions.  I wanted to know exactly how to glaze raku pottery…

best clay for raku pottery

The Best Clay for Raku Pottery – Choosing a Raku Clay

When I started looking into raku firing, I was keen to avoid my pottery cracking as it cooled.  I knew that it was common for potters to lose their work as it was taken from the raku kiln.  So, I started to look into what might be the best clay for raku pottery, and this…

How to clean raku pottery

How to Clean Raku Pottery – Let Your Raku Shine

There are two occasions when you might want to clean raku pottery.  If you have made or bought a piece of raku you might want to know how to keep it dust-free.  Or, you may want to know how to clean off the carbon residue left from the firing process.  This article is mainly about…

what is raku pottery

What is Raku Pottery? A Beginners Guide on How To Make Raku

One of the things I love about pottery and ceramics is that they are very elemental.  With its dramatic mix of earth, fire, air and water raku firing is one of the grittier approaches to pottery.  So, what is raku pottery, and how is it made? Raku is a low fire process, reaching around 1830F…