Yesterday on a very hot day, along with two friends - a raku firing. I managed to test only three out of the five glazes I planned. It was a really hot day and a day of much learning. I get reminded that every small detail is important - the height of the shelf in the kiln, the angle of the burner, the amount of oxygen coming in, and the importance of a full gas tank. It's a very intense and powerful experience. Yesterday evening I was sure that my appetite for raku was satisfied for many months, this morning I'm already planning the next firing...
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Inspired by Eileen's containers with glass on the lid, I made some experiments. My first reaction when I opened the kiln was disappointment - the glass had spread out widely, more than was expected. On a 2ed and 3rd look I started to like them. They remind me of a cosmos activity - the beauty of uncontrolled creation.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I've always wanted to try the glazing technique in which you rap the pot with rope, glaze the pot and then remove the rope to get a spontaneous striped look. This pot is meant for a raku firing, meaning the stripes now white (without glaze) should get black from the smoking.