I had a raku glaze firing this week and it reinforced my love for the raku process. What really gets me is no matter how many Raku firings I’ve done I always find something wonderful and unexpected, like each time is the first time.
I need new experiences in my craft and raku has a way of its own which fulfills that need. I do everything exactly the same as the previous time, same clay, same glaze, same temperature, same reduction bin process but results are rarely the same and there lies the wonderment and excitement for me.
So I started thinking about what could be different if I look deeper, glaze thickness could vary, rate of heating, air temperature when they come out of the kiln, combustible materials, temperature and amount of oxygen in the reduction bin.
Fish glazed the same way as 100’s before but this time some have a yellow green colours.There were a few new pieces too including cosmic hares and wrens. Also a few hearts and trinket dishes and pendants.
And leaves of course.
These have all made their way into my Etsy shop Kiln Fired Art. If you would like to see little videos of how the colours change in the light ( you just can’t capture this in a photo) then follow me on Instagram or Facebook.