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#1 Remi Martinez

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:09 PM

Hello I'm currently in High School and was trying to figure out how to do a raku glaze with an electric kiln or tips on how to give an imitation raku glaze because I have a piece I'm working on and it would look great with a raku. Please help.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:01 PM

First of all, as you might already know, in the Raku process you need to remove the pieces from the kiln while red hot. So, is it possible for you to do this safely, on the kiln you have available? If it is a top load big kiln I totally doubt it, if it is a real small kiln it might be doable. I don't know any other process where you can get the results of Raku, if you are looking for iridescence quality on your piece, you might consider overglazes, mother of pearl for example.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:12 PM

Technically, the kiln doesn't matter. As long as you can safely remove the pots and get them into the combustible, it'll work. An electric kiln is slower than a propane raku kiln, but it'll work.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:21 PM

Electric raku

Posting this link does not imply my endorsement of the techniques in it - "always use proper safety precautions when doing anything."

#5 Remi Martinez

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:27 PM

First of all, as you might already know, in the Raku process you need to remove the pieces from the kiln while red hot. So, is it possible for you to do this safely, on the kiln you have available? If it is a top load big kiln I totally doubt it, if it is a real small kiln it might be doable. I don't know any other process where you can get the results of Raku, if you are looking for iridescence quality on your piece, you might consider overglazes, mother of pearl for example.

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Yes, I understand it and so I was seeing if there was an alternative. The kiln looks like the one in the video that was posted.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:35 PM

I built my own, gas fueled, Raku kiln this past year. There are many sources online, for such plans, not to mention all the helpful folks on these boards, if you'd like to attempt such a thing.
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:14 PM

Are you wanting an actual raku piece? That means you have to complete post-firing-reduction.

Are you wanting the work to "just look like a raku piece"? That, too can be achieved. How much effort are you willing to invest to achieve your desire?

Raku glazes frequently have a metallic look. Is this what you are looking for? Or is it the contrast between the glaze and the carbonized (black) clay body? Or is it the crackle effect that happens when hot pots hit cool air? Be specific in what you want and I will be specific in my reply, because all of this can be achieved.

waiting to hear from you, Shirley

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:17 PM

Are you wanting an actual raku piece? That means you have to complete post-firing-reduction.

Are you wanting the work to "just look like a raku piece"? That, too can be achieved. How much effort are you willing to invest to achieve your desire?

Raku glazes frequently have a metallic look. Is this what you are looking for? Or is it the contrast between the glaze and the carbonized (black) clay body? Or is it the crackle effect that happens when hot pots hit cool air? Be specific in what you want and I will be specific in my reply, because all of this can be achieved.

waiting to hear from you, Shirley


I'm willing to put as much effort as needed. I want the carbonized black and some of the metalic look if possible.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 10:29 PM

First of all, as you might already know, in the Raku process you need to remove the pieces from the kiln while red hot. So, is it possible for you to do this safely, on the kiln you have available? If it is a top load big kiln I totally doubt it, if it is a real small kiln it might be doable. I don't know any other process where you can get the results of Raku, if you are looking for iridescence quality on your piece, you might consider overglazes, mother of pearl for example.

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I disagree, it is definitely possibly to remove pieces from a large electric kiln safely. If you have proper ventilation, a face mask, leather jacket, leather or kevlar apron, cotton shirt, insulated kevlar gloves and arm guards, proper tongues, and have your hair back you can safely do raku in any kiln if you are pulling properly.

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