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The Kildoag Pottery process

throwing pottery

Stage 1

In the first stage of making raku pots, the process means pots are thrown on the wheel using a clay body which is resistant to the thermal shock of the firing process .

refined turning pottery

Stage 2

When the pots have dried for a day the profile can be refined by turning.

terra sigillata

Stage 3

The pots are left to become bone dry and a coating of terra sigillata is applied to the surface.

polishing pottery

Stage 4

The work is polished at this stage and left to dry.

kiln fired pottery

Stage 5

The pots are loaded into an electric kiln and fired to 950 degrees centigrade.

bisque fired pottery

Stage 6

Bisque fired work is coated with a resist slip and glaze and fired one piece at a time in a Raku kiln.

open kiln to pottery

Stage 7

When the temperature has been reached the lid of the kiln is opened

work removed

Stage 8

The work is removed from the kiln using tongs.

molten hot pottery

Stage 9

The piece is glowing molten hot at this stage.

spray pottery

Stage 10

The work is sprayed with an air compressor to encourage the glaze to crackle.

smoke bin pots

Stage 11

The piece is transferred to a smoke bin lined with newspaper.

ignite pottery

Stage 12

The heat of the pot immediately causes the newspaper to ignite.

lid put on

Stage 13

A lid is put on the container and the work is left to smoke for a few minutes.

lift pottery smoker

Stage 14

When the time is up the piece is lifted out of the smoker.

left to cool

Stage 15

The work is placed on warm bricks and left to cool

near the end

Stage 16

The parts of the pot which were not covered by glaze have turned black.

raku crackle effect

Stage 17

When the pot cools slightly the glaze and slip fall off revealing the crackle pattern on the surface of the pot.

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