Tana and West's Profile
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…
- Joined October 15, 2008