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On the last day of the Raku Retreat, we fired the students’ tiles. Here are a few:




I love hosting Raku Retreats. They take place three times a year, in the little cottage that houses my clay studio. Students spend two consecutive Saturdays here, eating meals from our rambling organic garden and learning to make carved raku tiles. They go home with several finished pieces, lots of fresh ideas, and an assortment of herbs and seedlings from the garden.

So, yesterday was a day of glazing in the cottage, firing on the raku patio and mold-making under the trees.  We took a midday break for a scrumptious lunch prepared and served by the Perfect Man (black bean soup with fresh green tomato salsa … just-harvested garden potatoes in dill … grilled chicken wraps … and then … bananas foster… mmm). A flaming dessert seemed like the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon of raku.

I can hardly wait until next time.