Finally the weather was perfect last week for a couple of days of raku firing. The firing is done outside and you have to stand around whilst doing it so it has to be a fine day, it’s not something to do if it’s wet or windy, or even too hot and dry as it was over the summer.
We fired for 2 days, that’s 41 kiln firings in total, I can only get 1 or 2 pots or leaves in the kiln each firing. If you follow on Instagram you will have witnessed some photos and videos live as things happened.
I got some amazing colours on my leaves (which are now in my Etsy shop) but today I want to show you my pots.
Some have the most amazing colours. They show up especially well in a video ( look on my Instagram) a photo doesn’t capture the iridescence.
This bowl below has a lot of copper and iridescence as well as some crusty craters.
Sadly this bowl cracked in the base but every cloud has a silver lining, I get to keep it. It was my biggest bowl yet, and with beautiful colour. You can see a line running around the base, that’s the crack.
I had 4 bowls crack in total, it’s a risky process but I think it was how I had trimmed the foot rings, I’m still learning.
But it’s worth the failures when you get a bowl like this one.
Most of the bowls will be going off to the gallery but I have kept some smaller ones for my shop, as well as some of the leaves.
I was in a hurry taking these photos, they could be better, and if I could link to my videos you would see that the colours are wonderful. For some reason my phone can’t upload video to Flickr, I need to find out how to do that.
EDITED to say… I did it! 🙂
Here’s another one
Enjoy your Sunday!