Working a gas fired raku kiln is pretty hot work so one needs to get away from the kilns once in a while and drink plenty of water. Raku potters have helped school kids for the last 20 years experience the thrill of a raku firing at Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery in Scarborough, Ontario.
Once the students have glazed their greenware it is placed on the top of the kiln to dry thoroughly before being put into the kiln.
Hand painting a design on the pot.
My heritage through my Dad is welsh. Wendy and I visited in 1997 and I picked up some designs I could embed in the clay to make these type of buttons.
Greenware in the kiln
Pottery cooling on the driveway at the cottage
Firing at night is pretty spectacular as the pottery glows red hot when removed from the kiln; a very magical scene.