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The creations on Rakumancy are the work of Tana Libolt and West Magoon, who live and work in a passive solar house made of tires, in Centennial, Wy, pop. 100.

To see many more Raku Ray Guns and West and Tana's functional pottery, please visit them at http://www.muddymountainpottery.com

Both artists love the instant gratification offered by the raku firing process. Results are obtained quickly and experiments can be adjusted and re-tried. In raku firing, pieces are removed from the kiln while still glowing-hot and placed into a reduction chamber (theirs is a large metal garbage can filled with newspaper). The newspaper surrounding the pieces bursts into flame and is allowed to burn briefly, then smothered. The resulting reduction atmosphere changes the glazes, giving them metallic, irridescent or opalescent effects and, on some glazes, a…

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The creations on Rakumancy are the work of Tana Libolt and West Magoon, who live and work in a passive solar house made of tires, in Centennial, Wy, pop. 100.

To see many more Raku Ray Guns and West and Tana's functional pottery, please visit them at http://www.muddymountainpottery.com

Both artists love the instant gratification offered by the raku firing process. Results are obtained quickly and experiments can be adjusted and re-tried. In raku firing, pieces are removed from the kiln while still glowing-hot and placed into a reduction chamber (theirs is a large metal garbage can filled with newspaper). The newspaper surrounding the pieces bursts into flame and is allowed to burn briefly, then smothered. The resulting reduction atmosphere changes the glazes, giving them metallic, irridescent or opalescent effects and, on some glazes, a fine crackle pattern. Glazes can vary wildly, even within the same firing and so the results are always exciting.

West Magoon grew up on the Magoon ranch, outside Lusk, Wyoming and studied art at Northwest Community College and the University of Wyoming. He has worked as a graphic artist and photographer for more than 30 years and has been a potter and sculptor since 2000. West's Raku Ray Guns come out of a life-long love of science fiction and are informed by intricate model making and ships in bottles he created as a child. The visual roots he draws on include sci-fi magazine covers from the 30’s, 40’s and 50's and the styling cues from 50's automobiles.

Tana Libolt grew up in Laramie and Jackson, Wyoming and in Roosevelt, Utah. Her first experiences with clay came about through the instruction of her father, Ron Libolt who started Muddy Mountain Pottery in Casper, Wy in 1970. Clay, tools and encouragement were always available in his various studios and Tana learned to throw on the potters wheel at age 12. After an apprenticeship to a glass-blower in New York and a brief fling with a career as a street musician in Dublin, Ireland, Tana returned to Laramie and the University of Wyoming to study art. She and West moved to Centennial in 2001. In addition to making things with clay, she’s also an aspiring photographer.

To contact West or Tana, please convo us or write to rakumancy [!at] yahoo.com

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