Each year, the advanced students experiment and play with fire in the Raku process. This year we held it at Hingham High School and invited Hanover High AP students to join us.
Raku originated in Japan but has become a popular experimental process used all over the world. However, there are many considerations before the firing takes place. The advanced pottery students needed to make a piece of work in advance and wait for it to be bisqued fired before applying a special raku glaze. Furthermore, the firing takes place outside with a gas powered kiln. Once the kiln reaches temperature at 1800 degrees, the kiln is opened and the work is placed in a metal barrel with sawdust and newspaper and a large fire erupts. Before the kiln is opened, the students needed to decide whether they would like their artwork to be reduced or oxidized because one glaze can turn out very differently depending on the chemical reactions. In a reduction, the glaze is starved of oxygen and produces copper tones. On the other hand, oxidation exposes the piece to more oxygen and therefore fire producing metallic greens and blues. The special thing about this type of firing is how many surprises their are in such a short time. The students embraced the lack of control and left with gorgeous work.
What a day of incredible work! Take a look at some of the results here or check out a complete gallery by clicking this link. Some of this work was also photographed and submitted into the Scholastic Art Awards. Lets hope they recognize how talented these students really are!
We are back at it, in the studio, learning new techniques, having fun, and working hard. The beginning of the school year has been challenging yet the students rise to the occasion and have grown tremendously in a very short time. It is important to note that wheel throwing is an extremely difficult skill to learn and takes hours of practice to make a piece. Furthermore, the act of throwing an object is only one step in a line of processes needed to accomplish the project. There is a balancing act that consists of tooling your foot, possibly pulling and attaching handles or spouts, carving texture, throwing a lid, and, of course, decorating and glazing. To be a successful potter, you need to be able to juggle many things for one project to come together...and all of the beginner potters are learning how to do just that. It will be a long journey but I am so happy with The work ethic and grace that they have put forth in the most difficult point in the process.
The ceramics studio had a group of special guests in for some glazing. Ms. Papuga threw ten different shape planters for the students to choose from and gave some directions on different glazing techniques. Each student was able to plan their own decorations, draw and paint on the glaze which took over 2 hours. There was a lot of hard work involved. After the planters were fired the student planted succulents and gave them to their mom for Mother's Day.
Students at work... lots happening right now in the pottery studio. Nesting bowls are a challenge for anyone and these wheel I students have risen to the challenge making interesting and beautiful work. And the AP 3D studio art portfolio is due next Friday...everyone is feeling the heat and franticly finishing all the work so we can photograph in the next couple of days. All good and exciting! Check us out on Instagram at hingham_pottery for more gorgeous works!
Second Parish Art Show Winners:
15 Towns and Schools participated so this is quite an accomplishment! Congrats!
Show opens tonight 5/3 5pm-8pm runs until 5/13
Second Parish Church
685 Main Street