Lindsey has been working on building this new Raku kiln for the Clemson Ceramic Department this semester. Below, Lindsey is cutting up Kaowool to line the inside of the removable cage top of the kiln. The Kaowool is a heat resistant ceramic fiber blanket that will hold in the heat the same way a brick top would but allows for quick removal of the pieces at peak temperature.
The pieces are glazed and put into Raku kiln that has an easily removable cage top [pictured above] and then taken out at the peak of firing. Taking the piece out of the kiln at a molten hot point and putting it in a closed metal container filled with newspaper causes an intense post-fire reduction that gives the pieces that beautiful intense glaze variation you see below.