One Hundred Horses ceramic animals and tiles are all raku fired in my custom designed kiln using some unique techniques that I have developed along with my friend and mentor Jaime Ellsworth. My electric kilns are sheltered outside under a simple roof with a gravel floor.
I fire outside all year, rain or shine, in heat and cold. Only the truly cold and windy days keep me from firing. *
Since my animals and tiles are small I fire many more pieces per year than most raku artists do. When working with a new design or glaze I play with the range of techniques I have developed. I’ll test the effects of several firing temperatures and how long I reduced the piece in the smoldering whole oats I use as a combustible.
I have been amazed that I am able to raku fire my designs that have delicate horns, antlers and tails with little to no breakage.
Raku is exciting to produce. It is dangerous.
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