Ohio River Valley Artists Guild announces a raku party is schedule for June 30, at Washington Hall, 2111 Old Main St., Washington.
The event starts at 11 a.m., with glazing of bisque pieces. Raku firing will begin at 1 p.m. It will be held directly behind the building. If you do not have your own bisque piece, no worries as ORVAG will provide you with one. This event is open to members and nonmembers.
Michael Dickman will be conducting the raku firing party. He will be available in advance of the event at Washington Hall on Thursday, June 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 for anyone wanting to glaze their piece(s) in advance or to answer any questions. There is a small charge for this event.
Raku is a low firing process that was inspired by the Japanese raku firing. Once the pottery is removed from the kiln and is still hot, it is immediately placed in containers filled with newspapers. Once the newspapers ignite, the containers are closed. This technique produces an intense reduction which effects the colors in the glazes and the clay bodies. Once the lid is taken off, they are dipped in water and often the glazes produce a crackling effect. Each piece is unique in its finished appearance.