Raku firing in Denmark
Raku firing in Denmark.
During my last visit to Denmark I had a great opportunity to work with an old potter friend Bjarne in Kobenhavn.He had built a fine Raku kiln (from a stainless steel drum which had contained Australian teatree oil !) and he offered to assist me in getting some pieces made and fired using this Raku kiln.
I was able to work in a co-op studio space with access to a pottery wheel and before starting I went to the National Museum to look at ancient Danish pottery for inspiration. I found some ‘collared’ bottles in red clay interesting which gave me ideas for items suitable to make in the limited time I had. During a week my pieces were thrown, assembled, dried and later bisque fired in the electric kiln in the studio.
The Raku firing took place in the evening which made the spectacle of the hot gas flames and reduction process even more exciting. And it kept us warm as it was early winter.
Bjarne made glazes for me to use and these worked well on the shapes in combination with unglazed sections which became black from the reduction in paper and straw when still glowing hot.
This Raku firing was an enjoyable experience and I was very pleased with the results thanks to the expertise, time and help from my friend.
I took these Raku items back to Melbourne and showed a selection of them at The 2012 Banyule Contemporary Art fair.