Today was the first of two raku firing sessions, except we didn't do any firing, since there is construction going on near the raku kiln. So we just prepared a number of our pieces, and will fire all of them next week.
I prepared two pieces for saggar firing, using various organic materials, and some metals, such as bottle caps and copper from a kitchen scrubber. Here is the first pot being prepared :
This is the second pot being prepared for saggar firing :
We also prepared one piece for naked raku firing. Mine was finished in turquoise terra sig, and will feature a black top and bottom, and black stripes which were created by taping off those lines.
We also prepared some pieces for glazing. I am making some pendants, with taped off patterns, and various glaze colours in between:
We have been told to wear full shirts with long sleeves next week, for the firing, and no polyester or fleece or other fibers which would melt from the heat of the raku kiln. So I actually stopped at a thrift store today and picked up a rayon button up top, since I don't have any full long sleeves, and the 3/4 sleeve tops I have are all polyester or other man made fibers.
So I had to do some quick reading about rayon. Even though it is man made, it is created from cellulose in trees, so it is based on a natural source, even though the fiber itself is artificially created. So hopefully I'll be okay. The alternative would have been to steal one of my husband's cotton dress shirts. Too bad we just donated a large bag of his shirts to a thrift store last week. Although I think this rayon shirt will look a lot better on me. It is a Chico's shirt, so a good brand. I will probably only wear it the once, and then can donate it back to that thrift shop. So a good deal for everyone.