Saturday, October 5, 2019 (Time TBD)
(Backup date is October 12)
Location: Mountain Arts Community Center
809 Kentucky Ave. Signal Mountain, TN 37377
In celebration of Tennessee Craft Week, SCCA is partnering with Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC) on Signal Mountain to offer a raku kiln firing. Two Raku kilns will be setup outdoors on MACC property. Operated by professional potters and instructors from SCCA, visitors will get to experience what a raku firing looks like up close!
No more Raku firing participants will be accepted at this time. Contact SCCA staff if you have questions. See you on October 5 for the event!
What is Raku?
“Raku is a really old process from Japan,” according to Loren Howard who is a long-time studio member, instructor, and renowned professional potter. Raku firing heats a piece very quickly, then pulls it out while it is still orange-hot (a little below 1900 degrees Fahrenheit). The piece is then stuck into a bucket filled with materials that will slowly burn around it. As it continues to burn, smoke penetrates the clay, so any cracks in the glaze get a tiny black line. “It is a super unpredictable process. You never know what you are going to get, and it has a high risk of breaking the piece.” Loren, along with other SCCA potters, will be constructing and overseeing the firing process in the raku kiln.