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Fire up the Quattro! (err sorry kiln.)

At long last I have found time to start a new batch of Raku firings. It's always filled with trepidation- as you know the score - results are so unpredictable. Even when you're an old hand like myself.

Anyway some reasonable results have occurred- I'm firing the copper mattes quite high to about 1045/50 degrees c- and sealing them up for 15 minutes before allowing for a short burst of re oxidation- the another 10 minutes reduction- before re oxidising and assessing.

With a fair wind- it works. If you muck up your timings or are having a bad day....copper mattes do tend to frustrate!

Anyway I start the firings early now- with the kiln going on at 8- I do 2 or 3 firings a day. It's much more manageable that way- and far less tiring than firing all day like I used to. If things are not going your way it's best to survive and live to fight another day!


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