[Clayart] Water spraying Raku/ was Scoring

Gerholdclay gerholdclay at gmail.com
Sun Dec 22 15:48:20 EST 2013

Sorry I am traveling.  My Raku goes back almost forty years when all Raku pots were quenched usually by spraying with water not just the pots going for luster or copper reds.  Maybe someone on the list with the old Pipenberg book can give the exact quote.  Or anyone on the list who used to do Raku in the seventies can chime in with their recollection of why pots were sprayed.


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On Dec 22, 2013, at 12:29 PM, David Woof <woofpots at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Paul,
> I've never encountered anyone who dunked or sprayed hot Raku ware as a "common practice to seal the carbon from re-oxidizing" as you say.  Nor have I seen such a notion published.    Could it be that you are referring to the practice of using water to crash cool the rapidly oxidizing Raku glazes so as to "freeze" (set) the changing colors at a desired point.    
> Being visually chromatically impaired, I do not discriminate colors in the "normal" range so I wasn't all that excited but I stood along side folks who are still remembered and respected for their work, both deceased and still living who were excitedly observing and explaining.
> Here may be an example of how authors are mistakenly misquoted and nonsensical myths are born and passed on. 
> David Woof........................ Our mission should not be to engage or reeducate fools; but to offer sound information to those seriously asking and seeking.
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> From: Gerholdclay <gerholdclay at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Clayart] Scoring
> Date: Fri 12/20/13 6:25 AM
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> The discussion on joining clay reminds me of the early days of Raku when it was common practice to spray pieces with water while hot to "seal" the carbon and keep it from reoxidizing. Total bunk of course promoted by supposedly authorities books published on the subject. Now, I suspect almost no one sprays Raku anymore. All it took was a few potters willing to try something different and the number of successful Raku pieces went up significantly allowing more complicated and time intensive work.........
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