Raku firing, May, 2005
photos by Carl Bean-Larson
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glazed pots warming on the bricks


reduction containers primed and ready


glazes have melted, Dennis raises the kiln shell


picking up the pots with tongs


placing the hot (1,800F) pots into the reduction containers


closing the lids


smoke!


and inside the 'fire' is frantically searching for oxygen


pots have cooled, pulling them out with tongs


what has happened inside?


just a hint of color, the pots will be scrubbed and steelwooled


cylinders


strong copper color indicates a successful firing....