Jumping off runwildwithme’s submission, speaking of unusual firing processes, I don’t know about EU students, but I’d sell a member of the Gentry my left leg for a food-safe western raku process.
Western Raku is a little different from the original process. We bring the kiln up to around ^06, just under 1,830F, and, dressed in protective leather and heavy gloves, we open the kiln and pull the pieces, still glowing red-orange with radiant heat, sometimes with tongs, sometimes with nothing protecting us but thick leather gloves. The pieces go into containers, usually metal trashcans, filled with combustible material. We mostly use ripped up newspapers but occasionally straw or sawdust. Someone standing by slams the lid on and holds it down while the combustible material ignites and tries to explode, and you get these gorgeous metallics from the process, but they’re very much not foodsafe, which is a damn shame.
The whole process is a fantastically exciting, terrifying, frantic endeavor as the second the kiln opens the pieces start to turn black, absorbing oxygen from the air instead of having it drawn out by combusting paper, and it’s a kind of dance as pullers work around eachother, the people on the cans have to keep track of what piece goes where, and when a can is full, dodging firebursts, and trying not to hit anyone with a >1500F piece of hot dirt, and hoping everyone used the right clay body so the thermal shock doesn’t make anything explode.
Actually forget foodsafe, I’d trade a whole lot for the ability to grab glowing pots barehanded, what would that even DO to the glaze?
Damn I love ceramics.