Sunday, August 9, 2009

Running Raku (Spring, 2001)

A Raku session in the small courtyard adjacent to the glazing room, ceramics area, Visual Arts Building or VAV as it was known (Concordia University, Montréal, Québec). Apparently the Visual Arts have been moved to a new building now; from what I recall, this one was converted from a parking garage. Even if that was a myth, I could see how it could have been true (given the size and shape, and general layout, of the building).

After being removed from the dustbins in which the "reduction" of the glaze took place, Raku pieces were carried with tongs (as in this image) to buckets filled with water in which they were dunked, before being cast onto the snow to cool. Later they were scrubbed to remove traces of sawdust and ash.

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