Second Friday Raku Firing

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There are no pit or raku firings from November through March.

Firings will commence in April, weather permitting. They begin at 11 am and end at 6 pm.


Raku means pleasure or enjoyment.  It was developed in Japan in the 16th century.  Over the years various ways of raku firing have been tried.

Basic American raku is a fast, low-temperature firing of a glazed pottery piece.  The piece is pulled from the fire with tongs and placed in a container that has a layer of sawdust.  The pottery piece will burst into flames, more sawdust is thrown on the piece.  The container lid is placed on the containers to reduce oxygen.

Some potters remove the hot, reduced pots and quench them in water.  After the pots cool they are gently cleaned and a fixative or wax can be put on them to seal in the color.

Raku pots are one of a kind.  It is a fun process that invites experimentation and contemplation.  Raku can be humble forms, figurative and/or sculptural.

For more info call or email:

Barbara Reeley:

(518) 669-5296          (518) 274-2722


11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

(no larger than 12″ x 12″)

 Join us for a raku firing  at Northeast Ceramic Supply and MonroeClayWorks.

Everyone is invited to come, bring a bisque fired piece (no larger than 12″ x 12″) and the cost is just $5 per piece.  We’ll have all the firing materials.

Monroe ClayWorks members can fire 3 pieces for free. Each additional piece is $5.

Come be part of our clay community.

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