We only had a few students show up to fire raku work. The day was warm and beautiful, a bit windy at the end. We fired a load of Mike's work, then a load of Janice's work. We'd just started cleaning up when DJ showed up, but the weather was nice and I was firing the glaze kiln so we stayed to fire his load. None of the beginning students showed up, even though I offered extra credit.
|putting on the lid and adjusting the counterweight|
|technical difficulties: one wire got stuck in the edge of the pulley|
|the first load: ready to fire|
|Venturi burner hooked up to propane|
|post-firing reduction buckets|
|partially combusted materials inside|
|Lighting the smoke firing|
While the raku pieces fired and cooled, Mike smoked his barrel kiln, my daughter experimented with slip and then mopped up. The rest of us unloaded and loaded a kiln and started firing the glaze kiln uncovered end-of-the quarter forgotten work from the shelves and the damp cabinets. We found several pieces, still damp, from week 1 and 2 (it is now the end of week 9).