Thanks for popping in!
Just got in from a crazy day of potty pottery ! Despite the abismal weather, we stuck to the plan, had our Raku day in the rain – and actually had a total blast. Rain – Raku – BONKERS!!!
Now this is what you call dedication! Look!!!
But we weren’t to be put off by a little bit of good old British rain! We set up camp in the garage, draped a tarp over the doors, wore hats and wellies – and just kept smiling! So many talented potters in one place! And all so modest!
Let me show you the raku process….
The pieces have already been fired once, to a bisque. Before we came to the garden, we went to the studio and glazed our pieces with special raku crackle glaze. The pieces are then low-fired for about half and hour.
The inferno container is then covered with a lid, and left for 10 minutes. This is called the reduction process. Sometime you make it burp by lifting the lid to let a lot of smoke out. The oxygen is reduced and causes the glazes to change colour and oxidize. Wherever there is no glaze, the pottery goes black. Beautiful matte black, like charcoal.
The pieces get taken out of the smoking embers and carefully submerged in water for a couple of minutes. Again, several pieces popped, cracked, blew. But the people were all so gracious. More concerned that their mini explosions might have done damage to somebody else’s work.
Then it’s time to scrub away all the charred sawdust with a scourer…
I had a really good day! Look!
Now work this out: the pot below was sat right next to the pot above in the kiln. Same glaze. Totally different. As I was saying, you just don’t know what you’re gonna get!!
Note the matte black. That is where I didn’t add any glaze to the bisque. The stripes and dots are created with masking tape and sticky dots.
I can’t get enough of this pottery! There is nothing like it for clearing the head and making the heart sing. Especially when it works! Now here’s the interesting thing: the more I do the better I get at it. And the better I get, the more I want to do!! I remember dear Elizabeth saying that when we did the podcast together, remember? She was talking about her journey with the Groovi system and parchment art. She is so right.
Time to go have a bath. I reek of smoke !!!!
Love & Hugs,