I had a raku firing last weekend, if you follow me on Facebook you will know already. I had a bin bag full of dry fallen leaves so I used those in the combustion bin. They crackled and sparked like a bonfire, and I am sure someone of the swirly iridescent colour was a result of using dried leaves but I can’t be sure. This leaf has some lovely swirly colours, which doesn’t usually happen this pronounced. This trinket dish has the swirly effect too, don’t you just love those colours?
I did some with sawdust to compare, but I think I will have to experiment a lot more to find out if dried leaves makes a difference to the colours. There were lots of fish. These are my favourite fish.
Some jewellery components.
There were some art tiles to hang on the wall. Also hares and moons, which sold out but I am busy making more this weekend.
I have spent most of my week raku firing leaves, beads and pendants to stock up my shop . I now have over 200 listings. All these leaves are now in my Etsy shop, they are going fast. They look great hanging on the wall, my own collection is growing, I’ve kept a copper one for myself.
I love the unpredictability of raku firing, sometimes the results are amazing, like this leaf dish below. If something comes out awful you can fire them again with the possibility of something better ( or worse) in the end.
I have had some pretty disappointing stoneware glaze results this week, and those firings take over 24 hours before you find out if you have something amazing or mediocre. At least raku gives almost instant gratification, even if it does mean smelling like a bonfire and standing around outside on a cold damp day.
One of my regular customers asked me for raku beads of a certain colour, but with the unpredictability of the process they weren’t quite the colour she asked for, although they were still very lovely, and she liked them.
Refiring can really change the look of a raku glaze, and I’ve found firing in the large gas kiln, or my small Paragon SC3 kiln gives different results. So does the size of the combustion bin, and what’s inside it.
I made a little video of the leaf plate to show the colours off to their best, it looks amazing don’t you think?