Raku Fired Earthling Sculptures

Raku firing is "pyromaniac in action".  The ware, in this case, the Earthling sculpture, is bisque fired to 1,800.   This method of firing produces some spectacular colors that are not achieved in the other conventional methods of firing. Next the glaze is applied and the sculpture goes back into a special kiln to fired the glaze to maturation.  It is removed from the kiln before it can cool and placed in combustible materials in a non-combustible container, then and sealed .  This "smothering " the art work in smoke is known as a "post reduction  phase" or reducing the amount of oxygen present.   Although this process is said to originated in sixteenth century Japan, a Japanese visitor to the studio here in Mesa claimed that this is an American method of  firing.  

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