Twice a year, Bracker’s hosts what has become a full-on Raku Extravaganza, and each event seems to be bigger than the last.  We have lots of fun firing, experimenting with new glazes, teaching about the Raku process, sometimes even teaching about ceramics in general.  At every event, there’s always one person who is timid about Raku, and *wants* to take part, but is slightly afraid of the process.  In the past, I would point to my youngest daughter and let them know that she has done it….She was 7 at her first solo Raku pull…but now, I have a new hero to point to.

Pat Watson learns about decorating a pot with Raku Glazes

Pat Watson learns about decorating a pot with Raku Glazes

Forget about Raku with kids under 8, let’s talk about folks older than 80!  And on top of that, Pat Watson has been in wheelchair for the past 5 years, but she didn’t let that stop her from trying something completely new and participating in our B’Raku event last spring.  With the help of her son and the Firemasters, Pat selected a hand built tea bowl, learned a little about the various glaze offerings, made her selections and decorated her piece.  She then waited patiently for it to be loaded into the kiln and fired.  When it came time to pull the pot from the kiln, there sat Pat in her wheel chair, holding a pair of Raku Tongs and ready to roll….literally.  It was at that moment that I decided she was the Queen of Raku, sitting there holding court in her throne with her scepter in hand.

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Pat Watson, Queen of Raku (in the background, Firemaster Cindy awaits the honor of being dubbed “Dame Cindy” but the queen)

The Queen is pleased!

The Queen is pleased!

After its requisite time in the reduction chamber, Ms. Watson happily scrubbed her pot in the wash-up barrel and was very pleased  with the results.  Now it’s your turn!  For it is once again B’Raku season!

Our next event is quickly approaching…Mark your calendar now for September 13th!  Now is the time to start making work!  Our Raku event is BYOB (bring your own Bisque), however, we do have a handful of generous potters who create and bisque-fire some extra pieces.  There will be a small selection of bisque for purchase, first come-first serve.  (If you love to make pots and want to bring extra bisque to sell, please contact us in advance for details and instructions on clay bodies, sizes of pieces and pricing your bisque and how the transaction works.) Due to the popularity of the event, this fall, we will be limiting everyone to two pieces each.  Stay tuned for all the details soon to come!

Let Pat Watson Ispire you to consider bringing a friend to B’Raku!  Because we all have at least that ONE friend that really just doesn’t understand the allure of clay, or we have that friend who is completely intrigued but not quite ready to “get dirty”, or maybe even the one friend that solidly thinks you’re crazy.  Bring them all and maybe a dish to share, and together we’ll Ignite Lawrence!  One for All and All for Raku!  (and maybe we’ll even get a visit from the Queen!)

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