Saturday, 3 May 2014

Ceramics are the order of the day!

Sunday the 27th of April - the day to be firing ceramics in the Morecambe area!

I spent my past Sunday in the presence of the lovely Claire Orange (Jabberwocky Ceramics) and her helpful helpers. I spent the day most Raku firing pots and adding glazes to pots that I had made t'other week, but although that sounds mundane I can assure you that it is exceptionally fun.

If you are unaware of  the concept of Raku firing it is made with special clay and glazes, these have to be special because you fire them at 800 - 1000 degrees centigrade in a purpose built kiln.
They fire for about 15 - 20 minutes and that is a vastly faster firing than regular clay, as regular clay often fires for up to 24 hours.

It was a really fun day and I would recommend it to anybody interested, if even slightly in ceramics!
There are often pots pre-made for you, so if you are feeling creative but not crafty you can just paint glazes onto a pot and watch it fire for the sake of an hour of fun and five whole English pounds.

Here are some images of my day!

"The queen" waiting for the Goats to come over

Gaby painting her bowl for regular firing

Centre left - my whale being fired

A collection of pre-made bowls

Coming out the kiln

A molton hat by the looks of it.


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