Thanks to everyone for another great event!  3 kilns, 6 hours, 21 firings, about 90 people, and 178 pots.  So much wonderful food, beautiful pots, great questions, and just fabulous fun!   Pictures are now posted at the bottom of this page!

It’s Brack-tastic!  That’s what our dear friend Marsi would say.  She’s also the one that coined the term “B’Raku”, and we know SHE will be at Bracker’s on Saturday March 10th for our bi-annual Raku Second Saturday.  Will YOU be there too?  You definitely don’t want to miss THIS second saturday!

It’s become quite an event – Bracker’s provides hotdogs & buns (or “meat raku” as we call it), and a few side dishes.  Lots of our friends and attendees have also starting bringing a dish to share as well.  We end up with a fabulous spread of food, about a hundred people or more throughout the day, three kilns firing, and about three hundred pots fired during the course of the day.
A few new things this year:

1. There will be a tip jar outside for the fire-masters.  Feel free to leave them some pocket change as a thank you for their Pyrometric prowess and their entertainment. (Because everyone knows that to Dave, all the world is his stage, especially when he’s playing with fire.)

2. Bisque will be available for purchase.  The prices will range from about $2-$5 per piece.  Half the money will go to the artist to help cover their clay and time and half will go to Bracker’s to help cover expenses for this event.  You are also welcome to bring your own bisque if you like.  (Please be certain it’s a gorged body, OR let the fire masters know what body it is so that they can compensate appropriately.)

3. On the “ready to fire” table outside, you will notice that we will have circles drawn on the table coverings.  These circles represent the Raku shelves.  Find a spot for your completely dry piece on the first available shelf circle.

Other than that, our usual “raku rules” for safety apply (see below).  We look forward to seeing you there!

Raku Firing Safety

  • Do follow all directions given
  • Don’t wear excessively loose or baggy clothing
  • Do wear long pants and long sleeves
  • Don’t wear dangly jewelry
  • Do tie back long hair
  • Don’t wear open toe or open heel shoes
  • Do take a good look at the set-up and make mental notes of locations of safety water, hot spots and any road blocks
  • Don’t stand in the way during the reduction process. Observe from a safe, out-of-the-way distance

Usually there is a vent on the opposite side of the kiln from the burner. When Bill Bracker designed his Raku kiln (which we still make, sell & use here), he chose to place the vent holes on the same side of the kiln as the burner port for safety. He had seen too many people walk too close to the kiln and get burned by the flame shooting out the vent holes. Placing them on the same side as the burner port diminishes the possibility of this type of burn, but it doesn’t guarantee absolute safety. Common sense, awareness of surroundings and communication are key in Raku Firing safely.

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