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A nearly 2,000 degree blast of heat hit the workers as the kiln was opened and the glowing tiles were removed and placed in wood shavings and/or shredded paper and sealed from the air. These tiles will be used for a mural on the wall behind them, see below

During two events, June and July, in the Silver City Museum Courtyard kids and adults imbedded leaf makings into fresh leaf shaped clay and yesterday, in an all day event as part of the Clay Fest 2015 a steady stream of kids and adults visited the same courtyard to finish the tiles. The leaves, hardened from a previous "bisque" firing were glazed then Raku fired.

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Claude Smith, potter sets tiles into a bucket which immediately set the paper and/or wood on fire and Tracy Spikes, Museum Director ready to slam a tight fitting lid onto the bucket, reducing the oxygen, awakening the carbonizing forces.

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The color of the glazes are altered in many ways, most remarkable are the vibrant reds that can happen.

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This wall, at the back of the courtyard has had a tree, trunk and branches painted in preparation to the tile leaves installation which will begin sometime in September by Museum volunteers. Contact Hillary Pierce at the Museum or email education@silvercitymuseum.org

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The tile on the right was not glazed but after heating in the kiln, horse hairs were dropped on the burning hot tile creating a hair thin pattern embedded in the surface.


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