With this Raku Style of firing; the heads are first sculpted in solid clay, then are carefully hollowed out until the walls are about a half inch thick. After a period of slow drying, the heads are fired in an electric kiln to almost two thousand degress Fahren-height. This first firing is called the bisque. The heads are then coated with a glaze material and refired in a gas kiln until the glaze is seen to melt, usually around eighteen hundred degrees. The piece is then removed from the kiln and placed in a metal container filled with sawdust. The flames and smoke create the crackle finish you see on these pieces.
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