Sunday, March 04, 2012

Sandwiches and Raku

We visited the Visual Arts Center for First Fridays and learned a bit about the art of Raku pottery. We selected a bisque pot or bowl, dipped it in a glaze, let it dry, and loaded it into a kiln.

While the kiln was firing, we strolled up to Olio to have dinner. A Secco-Bertani Valpoicello Ripasso accompanied a couple of yummy sandwiches - a Sicilian - hot soprasatta, capocolla ham, and provolone with hot cherry peppers on ciabatta and a Proscuitto di Parma with fresh mozzarella, basil, greens, red pepper, olive oil and balsamic on ciabatta.

Sicilian with Black Bean and Corn Salad
Parma di Proscuitto with Tuscan White Bean Salad
After eating we returned to the art center for the real show - opening the kiln and cooling the pots.

Fiery Kiln
Opening the Kiln
Transferring glowing pots to metal cans, then trowing sawdust over the pot and closing the lid so the pots can cool.
As the pots cool, they produce a lot of smoke.
Raku Bowls
It only takes about 15 minutes for the pots to cool.
Raku Pot
As the pots cool, the glaze produces a crackled effect. We then cleaned them up with water and comet scrub and took them home!
Lots of fun for a Friday evening.

1 comment:

Ava Spece said...

These are wonderful photos! Thanks so much for blogging about VisArts!

Ava Spece