Raving Raku

Raving Raku
By Alex Castanien ‘20

On Wednesday, May 1 the Benedictine ceramics classes 1 and 2 took a field trip to the school's back parking lot to do their annual Raku glazing. The Cadets involved were released from morning and afternoon formations in order to start the process.

Raku glazing dates back to the 1500’s when Buddhist monks used the process to create ceremonial tea ware. The finished product is not safe to drink or eat from, however:something to keep in mind when attending the Art show on Friday, May 17.

The process of Raku starts with the special glaze used on the pieces. After the glaze is applied, it is placed in a kiln and stays there for 45 minutes. After the 45 minutes, the pieces are grabbed with tongs and placed in a metal trash can filled with newspaper. Once placed in the trashcan, the piece is covered with sawdust then closed completely in order to deprive the can of oxygen, which gives the piece its metallic shine

"This year they turned out beautiful," said ceramics teacher Mrs. Staples. "It was the best final product since I've been at Benedictine."

Mrs. Staples has been the ceramics and Intro to Art teacher for five years. Mrs. Staples first did ceramics when she was in the seventh grade. "The students enjoyed it because of the process," said Mrs. Staples. "The fire from the kiln and the day off from school."

"I enjoyed how it turned out," said Junior Simon Goitom. "It is amazing to see the process and the outcome, broken or unbroken."

Raving Raku
Raving Raku

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