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July 22, 2018

Hannibal Ceramics Students Learn Art Of Raku Firing


HANNIBAL – Hannibal High School ceramics students recently sparked their studies thanks to a raku firing demonstration by Clayscapes Pottery.

Ceramics student Emma Sanford works with a Clayscapes Pottery employee to add pieces into the reduction chamber as part of the raku firing process.

Ceramics student Emma Sanford works with a Clayscapes Pottery employee to add pieces into the reduction chamber as part of the raku firing process.

The pottery business provided equipment that transformed the students’ clay pieces into glazed, finished ceramic works of art.

Using a kiln heated to 1,800 degrees, glazes began to bubble and melt.

Once heated to the desired temperature, the pieces were removed from the kiln and placed into a reduction chamber before being cooled in water and brought to room temperature.

Hannibal High School's ceramics teacher points out some of the glaze and copper-finished pieces her students created out of clay.

Hannibal High School’s ceramics teacher points out some of the glaze and copper-finished pieces her students created out of clay.

According to ceramics teacher Lauren Boyer, raku firing offers students with “instant gratification art.”

“This is a special alternative firing that produces immediate results,” Boyer said. “Rather than waiting 24 hours, they see the finished product in minutes.”

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