Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Raku and Aluminum

This is a belated photo diary of some activities of last semester.  The ceramics department and sculpture department coordinated a raku firing and an aluminum pour on the same day.  We woke up super early to set up the kiln and start the firing early.  While the kiln is red hot we removed the lid and used tongs to transfer the ceramic pieces into pile of combustable materials where they caught on fired and reduced, creating really cool surfaces.  It's a very dynamic and exciting process.

Then we got to watch the sculpture students pour molten aluminum into their molds.  Super cool.

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