Oh the joys of Raku!
It was our final pottery class of the summer this week so as a summery farewell Richard set up his raku oven. In the weeks leading up to 'raku night' we had thrown special pots from stoneware clay, fired them once in the electric kiln and dipped them in raku glazes ready for the raku oven.
It's an incredibly quick process, so in the space of about an hour they had been put in, bought up to temperature, cooled slightly, transferred to a bin of sawdust, quenched in cold water and then scrubbed with a brillo pad! It was so exciting to scrub the black char away to reveal these beautiful colours and patterns underneath. My best pots yet!