I love this part of the semester, when after 8 weeks of building, scraping, sanding & polishing... you finally get to see the final results of your efforts. Below, pictures from the pit firing~
Pots emerging from the fire~
Classmates looking at our freshly fired pots. There is generally a lot of pointing, ooohing & aaahing going on at this time.
I only had a few pots in this firing & here are my favorites~
We also did a couple of Raku firings at school~ below the kiln is being loaded.
Removing the hot pots from the kiln & placing them in metal cans with combustibles... generally newspaper and/or sawdust.
The pot is left inside for a period of time to reduce.
Testing pots over open flame.
Below, my faves from this firing~
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I have to admit, I am partial to Raku firing & reduction of these pots. I think the surfaces achieved by this method are simply delicious!
While this class is over, I'll likely continue to build more pots over winter break, though most of my time the next 6 weeks will be spent focusing on creating more bears in my hand building class. I hope to have a series of pots & bear sculptures to present for the SFCC student ceramic sale coming up at the end of November! It will be my first time participating, so I'm anxious to see how it goes!