We are a group of four women, all members of Bunbury Studio Potters, who share an interest in alternative firing methods. Most community studios don't allow raku kilns or pit firing on site because of OH&S concerns, so, like many potters, we have built our own and fire at home. We started with Davida's existing gas fired firebrick raku kiln, she also has two converted trash can raku kilns. Wendy then built a substantial firepit for pit firing, as well as a trash can raku kiln which is wood fired. Deb has almost finished converting an old electric kiln to use as a gas/wood fired kiln for raku and saggar firing.
Playing with flames and red hot pots is risky, and we have all had our fair share of singed hair and burnt fingers in spite of good safety precautions. Pots explode or crack, glazes and combustibles don't always produce the desired results but a firing day is always full of laughter, fun, good company, great food and post firing wine!