Chris Hesketh

I use a white, molochite based clay, which will withstand the rigours of Raku firing, and a clear Raku glaze.

I love Raku firing, watching the pieces firing from cold to the moment they come out of the kiln, red hot and shiny like melting ice, then removing them from the kiln and placing them into the sawdust bin, sprinkling extra sawdust over the pieces to produce lots of flames. The bin is then covered with a lid to reduce the oxygen and after about 20 minutes the pieces, which look dull and dirty are removed from the bin and get washed and scrubbed gently with an old toothbrush and wire wool.

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