Top: A RAKU firing. Hardesty (R) with classmate. Ceramic pots are removed hot (2,000ºF) from kiln and dropped into a closed container filled with newspaper and wood chips. The idea is that the heat is so high with such an abundance of combustible material, that the oxygen is pulled from the clay in order to create fire. This process yields incredible, though unpredictable, irridescent colorations.

 Hardesty takes a break to order lunch. Cundiff's daughter, Kimberly