Sunday the 15th of April proved another fabulous day for Raku. 17 potters from CCPS came together to stoke the fires on their self-made Ikea Pedal Bin Raku Kilns for the first time.
With great anticipation and excitement 16 kilns were set up, reduction bins lined, kindling attended to and plenty of pots glazed. We were blessed with perfect weather and lots of space to experiment.
The first kiln fires were lit by 10:30am. As the day moved on it was apparent there is much more to this kiln than just building it. This wonderfully portable, cost effective and fuel efficient kiln requires careful attention when building up to temperature. Some of us suffered from fire feeding frenzy and others from fire neglect. This highlighted the need to be sensitive to maintaining the kiln's temperature. Running the kiln alone, especially with so many other distractions, takes great concentration. Having a dedicated stoker is an advantage.
However, many pieces turned out beautifully and we saw some great results with glazes and reduction. Some of these pieces will be displayed and on sale at our Soiled Reputations exhibition opening Friday 4th May @ The Studio Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery.
It was a wonderful day to share experiences with other potters at a group firing. We look forward to building on our techniques on Saturday 2nd June when our next CCPS Raku firing is planned.
A huge thank you to Anniss and Marienne for their organisation of yet another successful even.
Here are some images from the day.
A reminder of our drop in day for all those wanting to get their hands into some clay - newcomers and members alike.
From 11:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday 03 March, 2012 we'll have the doors open for anyone interested in playing with some clay or simply wanting to check out our facilities, join the membership or enroll in a class.
If you make something on the day you can have your work bisque fired, and if you're interested in returning later in the year for our Open Day, you can join in and see the stunning results from the Pit Firing.
Members free, Non members $10. Drop in for a fun few hours, meet some members and get to know what you can get involved with at CCPS.
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