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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Raku Firing Technique

The ceramic technique termed "raku" was developed in Japan during the 16th century. This firing process, although modified, has gained popularity with ceramic artists of the West because of the spontaneity and drama inherent in the process. Ware is rapidly fired and removed from the kiln while hot and placed into containers of various combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the container is quickly covered and the ware is allowed to cool in the smoky atmosphere of the container. The combination of specially formulated glazes and raku firing process result in exciting colors, surfaces, and metallic luster effects.

Presenters: Heather Boyd (Undergraduate Student)
David Goben (Undergraduate Student)
Alexander Gruttadaro (Undergraduate Student)
Rachel Harnish (Undergraduate Student)
Gary Kazin (Undergraduate Student)
Billie Jo Mesler (Undergraduate Student)
Lori Mills (Faculty)
Cole Norton (Undergraduate Student)
Kathleen Ogden (Undergraduate Student)
Gregory Parizek (Undergraduate Student)
Rebecca Schlueter (Undergraduate Student)
Stephanie Sloan (Undergraduate Student)
Kirsten Whittaker (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Art
Location: Outside of NE Corner of Tower
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)