[Clayart] Water spraying Raku/ was Scoring

David Woof woofpots at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 23 13:28:44 EST 2013

Woof woofed: "Here may be an example of how
authors are mistakenly misquoted and nonsensical myths are born and passed

Hi Vince, Everyone,

Yes I can see where "nonsensical" could be read as contentious.  And this was my intention, however in a general sense, (with only slight tap toward Paul, like wake up Buddy,) because it is a sorry disservice to all, regarding authors, that when read in haste and misunderstood, the so misinterpreted misquote is passed down and becomes folk dogma.  Teachers pass it to students who further bastardize it.  It makes me cringe.  

There is a whole lot of reading comprehension deficit a-goin on folks, and it starts wars. 

 Contentious? Yes I admit.   But with good intent.

So now that I have been soundly slapped, can we just lay it to rest with best wishes to Paul and All?

David..................Woofin on the Coquille..... Reduced black bean soup on a bed of steamed collards,  lightly sprinkled over with fresh diced onion, pepper jack cheese, and "Real Salt" from the mine in Utah.  Might even dig into my stash for one of my organic, micro brewed seasonal Rye Beers.    I only drink High Snoot Beer once or twice a year with very special friends.  Organic Vino Tinto otherwise.

> From: vpitelka at dtccom.net
> To: woofpots at hotmail.com; gerholdclay at gmail.com; clayart at lists.clayartworld.com
> Subject: RE: [Clayart] Water spraying Raku/ was Scoring
> Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:15:59 -0600
> David Wood wrote:
> "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." 
> Hi David - 
> "Nonsensical" seems a bit contentious in this case, and it is true that raku
> wares coming out of the smoking/reduction chambers were quenched not only to
> prevent the copper colors from reoxidizing, but also to bring the wares down
> below 451 Fahrenheit, the ignition point of carbon-based fuels, so that the
> carbon impacted from smoke would remain in the crackles.  Paul may have
> stated it slightly awkwardly, because the water does not seal the surface,
> and the carbon is not reoxidizing, but his premise was correct.  It's
> important to recognize the two things that would happen to the wares if
> exposed to oxygen when still very hot - the copper colors would reoxidize
> from metallic colors back to copper oxide, and the impacted carbon would
> burn off, pretty much negating the effects most people were seeking in the
> American raku process. 
> - Vince
> Vince Pitelka
> Appalachian Center for Craft
> Tennessee Tech University
> vpitelka at dtccom.net   
> http://iweb.tntech.edu/wpitelka/  

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