CINDY Martin Alternative Fired Vessels

Raku

Imagine opening a kiln at 1800° F. Next, removing an incandescent orb with long tongs and carrying it to your reduction container, usually a metal trash can filled with combustible material — newspaper, wood shavings and straw. These materials ignite immediately from the intense heat of the piece, sending flames upward. Clamp a lid on the can and pray.

When the container is opened, any bare clay will be jet black and the glaze will be infused with black lines in the characteristic crazing of raku glaze.