Carla's Clay in Sarasota, FL offers classes for all ages and all abilities including hand building, wheel throwing, sculpture, and a variety of ceramic firing techniques. We have a huge selection of ceramic supplies including Highwater Clays, glazes, tools, and kiln supplies.
Carla's Clay is your number one source for everything related to clay and ceramics. We offer a variety of workshops, gallery shows, and other events for everyone in our area to enjoy. Our goal at Carla's Clay is to enhance your creativity and explore all sorts of artistic possibilities within the medium.
One of our featured firing techniques, displayed in the images above, is called raku firing. It is an ancient Japanese firing technique which involves removing pottery from the gas fueled kiln at 1838 degrees Fahrenheit. We then place the pottery in containers that are filled with combustible material to create a reduced oxygen atmosphere.
Ultimately, the process produces beautiful colors or black carbon-burnished surfaces that result from the pottery piece’s exposure to varying degrees of glazing. On occasion, we place horsetail hair on the pots. This leaves delicate but beautiful black lines on pottery surfaces.