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We’re participating in this year’s Culture Days Event on September 29th and 30th including Raku firing demonstrations and an informative studio tour.

Raku firing demonstrations
Raku firing demonstrations

JoVic Pottery is a professional pottery studio operated by Jo and Vic Duffhues, master potters who have been working in clay for about 35 years. Visitors will see pieces coming from a kiln in a lava hot stage and will learn the difference between raku and stoneware clay bodies.

Some of the work will receive alcohol reduction, resulting in intense flaming and colour, some will receive ferric chloride applications assisting in the development of gold lustres, some will develop stunning copper flashed surfaces in heavy post-firing reduction after being pulled from the kiln while the pieces are still covered in liquid molten glaze at 1800 degrees F.

Visitors will also enjoy a studio tour, learning about the stoneware process that results in beautiful one-of-a-kind vessels or contributes to our variety of functional stoneware pottery. Those who want to participate in the exciting raku process will have the option of purchasing and learning how to glaze-decorate a small raku vase which will have been bisque fired in advance of this cultural event. They will be able to take home a piece they helped fire themselves.

Raku firings generally take an hour and will occur at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 pm on September 29 and 30.

If you have any questions, please let us know. We are more than happy to help.

Alcohol Reduction Copper Matt Firings

After spending a week with Don Ellis at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA), Vic’s re-inspired to do more with Raku. That has resulted in both of us working with raku clay again. I’ve been using some Industrial Raku, with the reminder that this is not a particularly white body of clay. Vic’s been using WSO, but though this clay fires up nice and white, which is terrific when it’s used with a white crackle glaze, it’s also terribly groggy. At MISSA, Vic was hearing about Soldat 60. He picked some up, and yesterday he started making some pots with it. I can hardly wait to see the final results and will be posting some pics later of the new pieces he’s throwing. In the meantime, Edward McCrea came by and started taking some pictures of the firings.

Removing a vase in hot molten glaze stage