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Back Ceramics Field Trip

I wanted to highlight a great project I just finished with my Ceramics students and Ceramics club a few weeks ago. The Brighton Education Fund provided funding so I could take my Ceramics students on a field trip to a place called Studio Sales in Avon, NY. Students learned about what happens to glazes during the Ancient Japanese style clay firing known as Raku.

The process: The pots are heated up to about 1200-1400 degrees and then the kiln is opened completely. With the help of our instructor, students carefully used giant tongs to move the ceramic pots from the kiln into metal trash cans filled with newspaper and hay. The heat from the pots creates a trash can fire, and then the lid is quickly placed on the trash can. The pots sit in this environment, where oxygen has been reduced, creating wildly unique and metallic effects.

The photos that follow provide a snapshot of our field trip, and of the students' work.

story and photos by provided by Katie Maley
June, 2017

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