The long weekend was the perfect opportunity to play with clay. I have been trying out various types to see which does what best. A few years ago I did a very brief raku course, I would say it fired me up if you pardon the pun. The drama of the firing process is something never to be forgotten but as I just want to make jewellery at present I decided to fire in my electric kiln.
And here are my raku pieces. This was a steep learning curve, I think I should have let the fire in the bucket get going before putting on the lid, also the seal wasn’t tight enough. I got a lot of smoke but not much fire, and no iridescence. I will have another attempt soon, I’ve bought some long handled raku tongs to make things easier, and some more clay and glazes to try out. It didn’t work as I’d intended , yet, but I’m hooked on the raku process and playing with mud.