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On Saturday 15 May, Year 12 art students took part in the final stage of their Raku ceramic workshop with artist, Andrew Eddleston.  For the Raku firing, the ceramic creations are taken from the kiln while they are still glowing red hot and placed in sawdust which in turn caches fire.  The reason for this is to starve the ceramic forms of oxygen, which gives the glaze a wonderful variety of colours. Pieces with no glaze on them take the oxygen from the clay itself, leaving some areas with a matte black colouring. 
 
For potters, it is an incredibly exciting technique, as there is always the anticipation of how each piece may turn out with so many different variables. We hope this experience gave our students an exciting memory of their advanced level art studies. The Raku work will be exhibited in our end of year exhibition later in the summer. A huge thank you to Andrew for his expertise and skill and leading our students through this process - it has been thoroughly enjoyed by all!
 
 

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