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Raku firing is expressive, exciting and fun. Whether you’re raku firing in your own studio or taking part in a group raku firing at a school, workshop or community center, raku offers many rewards. Raku firing is one of the most exciting processes in ceramics. After you place your pottery into a raku kiln, the anticipation builds as you wait for that final moment when the intense heat begins to melt the raku glazes. When you remove the pieces when the glazes begin to melt, you can feel the heat and hear the pings your red hot work rapidly cooling, then it’s into the raku combustibles for a round of flame and smoke. Many surprises await you as you clean the surface and reveal the wonders of raku pottery.

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Raku Clay 

by Bill Jones 
When deciding on a suitable raku pottery clay, your chances for success increase with bodies specifically formulated or adjusted for the raku pottery process. 

Buying a Raku Kiln

by Steven Branfman 
There are many configurations for raku kilns—top loaders, front loaders, top hats, car kilns, and clam shells. Here’s a brief overview of what you need to know to buy the raku kiln you need. 

Raku Kiln Design Revisited 

by Jim Wylder
While the natural variation of raku firing can be appealing, learn how to gain more control over your raku kiln and its fired results with these simple kiln design updates.

Pop Goes the Slip! Naked Raku

by Charlie and Linda Riggs 
Naked Raku gets it’s name because an outer covering of slip falls off during firing leaving the naked clay body behind. Discover what’s underneath by trying out Charlie and Linda Riggs’ naked raku techniques.

Nature Inspired Firings

by Sinéad Glynn
Want to up your raku game? Try the ferric-chloride firing technique–a unique alternative firing process that involves dipping and pouring ferric chloride onto fired clay. This technique is often used alongside other bare clay techniques and produces a wide variety of surfaces.

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Topics: Raku Firing