The Otter Art Department held the annual Raku Pottery Firing day last week. Students from Advanced Pottery and College Prep Art Studies took part in 6 separate firings of Raku. Raku is a Japanese method of cooling pottery quickly in combustibles ranging back to the middle 1500s.
By pulling the pieces out of a kiln at a high temp and cooling them in smoking leaves, newspapers, and pine needles, an artist gets wonderful metallic colors. The students constructed their pieces and then chose either to glaze or do a horsehair carbon burn method into the pieces.
It’s unique that our students are given this rare opportunity to create Raku pottery! Most art students will not see this style of art opportunity until they reach a post secondary level of study.