Grant Update : Raku Pottery at Aloha High School

Grant Update : Raku Pottery at Aloha High School

Raku is a low-fire method in which students quickly heat their ceramic artwork in a special kiln, remove their artwork when the glaze has melted, and immediately place it into a controlled combustible space. This method of firing offers additional challenges and options for advanced art students and creates science, chemistry and math learning opportunities for all students.

“Students enjoyed explaining the process to community members, AHS admin and staff who stopped by to inquire. It was a good discussion about the science behind the process, the glaze outcomes and planning for future artworks was fluid and ongoing.” Whitney Daley, Art TeacherĀ 

The actual outcomes of this project were even better that the expected outcomes. We had record participation in our Raku firing on April 12th. Several Raku projects were featured in AP portfolios that went to the college board for review, the Oregon Potters Association Showcase and additional scholarship opportunities such as the Herzog-Meier Scholarship. Overall this was an excellent opportunity and afforded students additional opportunities to explore and benefit from their art interest.

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