The weather forecast was good so we decided it was time to fire the rest of my raku pieces. The morning was bright and crisp with a thick white frost crunching underfoot. The sheep in the adjacent field seemed reluctant to rise but eventually as the sun came over the fells they rose leaving bare patches where they had been lying. With a start like this I just knew it was going to be a good day.
We wrapped up warmly and once the sun came round to the garden it was the perfect day to raku.
There were leaves, lots of copper colour this time. I do wonder why you seem to get a lot of one colour effect in a firing but there are so many variables.
There were lots of fish.
This spotty one is rather textured, I thought of firing it again but I like it as it is.
Trinket dishes too.
Phases of the moon with moon gazing hares, these got snapped up when I made the last lot. I have some more but I’m waiting for some cord to arrive. Shout up if you want one as they aren’t on Etsy yet. I hope to have everything else listed in my shop by the time this blog post goes live.
Then I will get my notebook out and start planning for 2020. Changes are afoot for next year, but more later…….
P.S. I will have more work to add to my shop next week so come and have a look next Sunday and I’ll tell you about some of my plans for next year.
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.
Just a short post today; I have been taking things more slowly this past week, having said that I have a lot of clay work drying, I have a box of finished items that need listing in my Etsy shop, I’ve been sewing, and cooking for the freezer. So I haven’t been unproductive but I feel less frantic about getting everything done having given myself permission to slow down.
I have a bit of a plan, part of which is to get the raku stock made now rather than wait until people start Christmas shopping. It’s not much fun braving a dull cold and even rainy day to raku fire under the porch. I have a few more firing days planned in the next couple of weeks before the weather cools down.
Finally I have found the time to list some new stock in my Etsy shop.
There’s more to follow but I have made a start listing raku pieces. Click on the images to go to my shop.
Lots of raku leaves listed in various sizes.
The shoal of small fish are back in stock, as are the mackerel. The fat fish will be coming soon but I need to fire them still.
I made some abstract art tiles, these have a hanger on the back, a lot have sold already. I will be making more of these, I have always loved painting abstracts, they make me feel I’ve injected some energy into my work. Also I have a plan for this year to make art tiles using various decorative techniques in order to push my boundaries.
There are raku wall clocks to follow, and some butterflies, they need to be fired.
I have some stoneware and porcelain pieces to follow, as well as lots and lots of jewellery components sitting here waiting to be glazed. All I need is more hours in my day and some warm dry weather.
When we moved into this house I decided that I didn’t want anything near the windows that would distract from the view so I went for plain walls and simple blinds.
But for some time I’ve wanted to make something to hang in the corner that would add interest but not overwhelm. I wanted to connect the outside and the inside in some way.
So while I had the raku kiln out I made ‘Falling Leaves’ wall art. These are made with the heavily grogged clay , I used some brushed on as slip to roughen up the surface. This has worked really well adding texture to the leaves once glazed.
Some of the leaves have amazing colour.
The beauty of raku is you are never quite in control, I’m sure I didn’t use these colour glazes.
I thought this leaf was less interesting so I gave it some faux water droplets.
Here’s how they look all together, I’m really pleased with them.
Spacing the leaves was a bit problematic even though I tried them out on the floor and measured the spacing. Never mind, out came the polyfilla. I’m still not sure about the spacing, I might add a couple more small leaves. I have a kiln full of leaves bisque firing today as I’m certainly going to add these to my range of products. I’m so pleased with how these turned out, and they make me smile.
I have framed up the mixed media ceramic and textile pieces and if I do say so myself I think they look great, how I wanted them to be in my mind’s eye.
This one is now hanging on my wall, I loved it so much it’s a keeper.
These make a lovely pair, don’t you think?
My apologies about the quality of the photos, it’s really difficult to get good pictures when they have glass in the frames. This one is out of the frame so you can see better, I have mounted them so they look like they are floating . I have so many ideas to follow on from these, that’s the good thing about a tiny spark of inspiration, it leads to so much more.