Raku Firing with Ben Twingley and First City Art Center at Upcoming Artmore Event, May 18.

Tim Nolan with First City Art Center of Pensacola has hooked us up with Ben Twingley and his team of potters who will be demonstrating a Raku firing at the ARTmore event. They will educate others on how this unique style of pottery differs from the rest. With a combustible medium of paper or wood chips, the 1600° clay pot is placed in a tight metal container and when the fire sucks away all the oxygen, then the porous clay absorbs the smoke and filling it with carbon. That is what makes Raku different from tradition glazes. Further more, if the artists wants a crackled effect, then the still hot pottery is sprayed with cold water causing the cracks to appear.
Be sure not to miss this and other demonstrations at our upcoming event!
CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JamesAmerson says the First City Art Center in Pensacola, Florida, is a place for learning and teaching others about the arts. The center teaches techniques and classes ranging from glass blowing to pottery making. He photographed Raku firing at the center, which consists of putting pottery into a “hot box.” ‘When it catches fire, they put the lid on and then the fire consumes all the oxygen, forcing smoke into the pot. That is where the unique finish comes from,’ he said. 
– Jareen, CNN iReport producer