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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Raku Firing Process

The ceramic firing technique called raku was developed in Japan during the 16th century. This firing process, with some modifications, has gained popularity with ceramic artists of the West because of the rapid firing and drama associated with the process. Ware is fired quickly and then removed from the kiln while still white hot. The piece is then placed into a container of sawdust, straw or other combustible material, and once the materials ingnite a lid is placed on the container. The ware is allowed to cool in the smoky reduction atmosphere in the container. The combination of specially formulated glazes and the raku firing technique result in exciting and unique color, surfaces and metallic luster effects.

Presenters: Deborah Blonsky (Undergraduate Student)
Terianne Gogg (Undergraduate Student)
Megan Hulse (Undergraduate Student)
Adam Klimek (Undergraduate Student)
Lori Mills (Faculty)
Megan Murphy (Undergraduate Student)
Molly Nelson (Undergraduate Student)
Cole Norton (Undergraduate Student)
Kathleen Ogden (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Art
Location: Outside of Tower Fine Arts
Time: 9 am (Session I)