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Wabi: Modest, Humble, Unconventional
The Ancient Art of Raku

January 23 through February 22, 2003


The Hockaday Museum is pleased to showcase the fine work of seven Flathead Valley artists specializing in the art of Raku, where the pots are fired quickly in a small kiln. 

After their glazes melt they are removed red-hot and placed in contact with a combustible material such as leaves, straw, or pine needles, and allowed to cool. 

The unique patterning and rich metallic colors are the result of the interaction between the smoky atmosphere and rapid cooling down. Copper carbonate and cobalt are often employed to make distinctive peacock hues.
The artists on display include Chris Riebe, Betsey Hurd, Sherry Wells, Deborah Blaney, Jeff Wilson, Marty Christiansen, Charles Davis, and a special piece by Archie Bray Foundation stalwart Kurt Weiser.

 

Raku firing demonstration
Bisque pot, with a fresh glaze, in a portable kiln on Jan. 23, 3003 -- ready to be fired for the opening reception.

Raku firing demonstration
The same pot, fresh from Raku firing and cooling.
See how the copper glaze turned color, and the red clay blackened
after an hour in the 1750 degree heat of the kiln.


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