Thanks for popping in. Just got back from a rare Raku Day. In case you’re not familiar with the term, Raku is a Japanese form of pottery, firing bisque clay at low heat, and then immersing it in water to make it crackle. It is the most unpredictable artform I have ever tried – you really never know what you’re going to get. You think it said turquoise on the glaze bucket – it comes out brown. You are sure it said green on the tin – it comes out metallic copper. I have participated several times now, and have learned to have absolutely no expectations, to just go with the flow, enjoy the process, and accept what happens.
Today was no exception. I had thrown and turned several pieces in readiness for this long awaited day, and was all fired up, if you’ll pardon the expression!
The first bowl of mine to come out of the water looked fabulous. Yippee!! Alas, when I scrubbed off the burnt sawdust – it cracked more than I wanted – into 4 pieces! Bummer!
Lovely crackle though.. I am going to turn these fragments into art. You wait. It ain’t over yet….
There was one nice white one in my batch…
… and a very cool turquoise one..
but the rest of mine were what one loosely terms shit brown. You scrub it till your arm aches, hoping that a little turquoise or copper may peep through, but nay. Not today.
Still had a brilliant time though! Such a super time actually. Because, quite simply, the people were so lovely.
I hooked up with my friend Sue Fox, which was great. She’s a super talented potter who makes spectacular figures. I bought this one from her years ago, and it still has pride of place in our home.
And today, Sue had a fantastic haul too. One after another, they came out beautifully. Being the perfectionist she is, she was lamenting tiny flecks and imperfections,
until Julie and I right-sized her dilemma!
Here we have lovely Julie, whose little yellow creation blew in the kiln, taking out one of mine and a few others in the process. The orange one I had earmarked as a pressie for Sam Crowe got splattered with the yellow glaze from Julie’s – so it will be perfect for Sam!! Julie was thinking of gluing hers back together; I managed to convince her to let it go. There’s only so much you can salvage!
It’s brilliant. I love it. Sure, when it works it feels great. But when it doesn’t you just have to chalk it up to experience and move on.
I’ve already signed up for the next Raku Day at the end of October. Can’t wait. So between now and then, I have to throw and turn another batch of pots and bowls, so that I can join in the Raku process.
Pottery. It’s a fabulous hobby. I highly recommend it.
Love and hugs