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Artist West Magoon’s out of this world ceramic rays guns!

Raku Ray Guns are one-of-a-kind ceramic sculptures made by West Magoon. They are inspired by alien technology unearthed at a secret UFO crash site, known only to a tribe of Wyoming Hill People. These photos depict all of the individual Ray Guns currently available. Each is named after a classic science fiction author. The moon crater wall plaques that support the guns each measure 12″ wide by 9″ high.

Each sculpture is hand-built by assembling several parts that have been made on the potter’s wheel. All of the Ray Guns are glazed and fired using the low-fire raku firing technique. The sculptures are pulled from the kiln while the glaze is red-hot and molten and placed into a metal barrel filled with newspaper which is then covered. This smothers the fire, which creates a reduction atmosphere, giving the glazes their metallic look.

Ray guns, West Magoon, ceramic sculpture – [via] Link.

Phillip Torrone

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. jamesrh on said:

    The artist also has “trick mugs”:
    http://www.muddymountainpottery.com/puzzle-mugs.html

    Another site shows how to make them (see the last picture for a cutaway showing how they work):
    http://www.ceramicstoday.com/articles/puzzle_mug.htm

  2. Anna keiller on said:

    These Ray Guns are very evocative – moving but also strangely adolescent. I like it!

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