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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873419116
  • Publisher: KP Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition 7
Foreword to the Second Edition 8
Acknowledgments 9
Introduction to the First Edition 11
A Practical Approach 11
Introduction to the Second Edition 13
Frequently Asked Questions and Common Misconceptions About Raku 15
Chapter 1 What Is Raku? 17
Essay: Raku Revisited 21
Chapter 2 Raku: A Brief Historical and Philosophical Perspective 24
The Role of Tradition 24
The Aesthetics of Raku 28
Chapter 3 Clay, Pottery Forming, Glazes, and Decoration 30
Clays 30
Pottery-Forming Techniques 49
Hand-Building 49
Throwing 51
Molded and Slipcast Ware 51
Bisque Firing 52
Glazes, Slips, and Color 53
First You See It, Then You Don't 58
Glaze Application and Decoration 64
Chapter 4 Kilns 67
Electric Kilns and Raku 67
Fuel-Burning Kilns 70
Basic Combustion Theory 72
Gas-Fired Kilns 75
Wood-Fired Kilns 79
Coal-Fired Kilns 79
Kiln Construction 79
Building a Top-Loading Soft Brick Kiln 82
Building a Fiber Kiln 87
Recycling an Electric Kiln 92
Building a Wood-Fired Kiln 95
Building a Coal-Fired Saggar Kiln 114
Additional Kiln Building Tips 116
Protecting a Kiln from the Elements 117
Chapter 5 Health and Safety 118
Safe Studio Practices 118
Raku and Personal Safety 119
Chapter 6 The Firing Process 123
Initial Preparation 123
Stacking the Kiln 125
The Firing Cycle 127
Controlling Combustion and Temperature Rise 128
The Firing Schedule and Glaze Maturity 130
Removing Your Ware 132
Postfiring Technique 135
Reloading the Kiln and Subsequent Firings 139
Special Considerations for Electric Kilns 140
Advanced Postfiring and Decorative Techniques 140
Reduction Materials 142
Controlled Cooling 143
Halo Technique 145
Slip Resist/Naked Raku 146
Horsehair Raku 149
Copper Matt 150
Fuming 151
Chapter 7 Finishing Your Ware 153
Cleaning 153
Repair 154
Surface Enhancement, Alteration, and Protection 154
Waterproofing 155
Chapter 8 Related Techniques 156
Pit Firing 156
Sawdust (Smoke) Firing 158
Salt and Soda Firing 159
Fuming 160
Saggar Firing 160
Chapter 9 Raku in the Classroom 163
Raku in Schools 163
Raku Workshops 166
Group Firings 167
Conclusion 168
Supplies and Materials 169
General Pottery Supplies 169
Specialty/Industrial Suppliers 170
Books 171
Other Supplies/Equipment 171
U.K Equivalents for North American Materials 171
Bibliography/Suggested Reading 172
Index 174
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