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Pewabic Pottery - Live Raku Demonstration - Pittsburgh Photography

March 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I've been lucky enough to photograph some really cool events recently during the slow season for weddings. Pewabic pottery is a ceramic studio based in Detroit. Last week, a team of their artists brought a mobile studio to Carnegie for the NCECA Exhibition at Standard Ceramics. They performed live Raku demonstrations which was so cool to watch as well as photograph. 

Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which effects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. The pottery is then placed into a bucket for cooling and ready to take home. Thanks to the Pewabic team for having me, it was a great experience!


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