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.
I have been busy making things all week but I couldn’t get any decent photos as it’s been so dull and dark, so those are for later.
I can show you my raku clocks that are now adorning my walls, I thought they should be tested for a while before I go into production.
I made this one with the intention of keeping it as I need a clock in the lounge, the shape echoes a metal and glass lamp. This clock has some copper in the texture and at the bottom where the flame licked the surface.
I didn’t intend keeping this one but when I hung it on the wall in the front room it looked perfect, it’s the room where my raku leaves live. I think you might agree that the colours are perfect and the play of light on the texture looks great.
There was a round one but as is the nature of raku it looked like something a cow had deposited so it went in the bin.
I hope to have some clocks in my shop next year. Sounds strange saying that, where has this year gone?
Also, I started out doing the last week of Dionne’s Drawing for Textiles course but I broke all my felting needles, the textile techniques came to a halt so I went back to drawing. I really enjoyed the course and I have so many ideas to explore when I have time.
I’ve also glazed some of those beads from last week for my Etsy shop. Seeing the weather forecast was going to be good for a few days I thought it was time to get some raku work fired. It’s been frosty but once the sun came up it was reasonably warm, which is good when you are standing around in the garden all day for 3 days.
Raku has a will of it’s own and can be fickle, some pots had to be refired but that’s ok, some cracked, but I get to keep those, and some blistered very badly so they went in the bin.
I love this one, but it’s cracked in the base so it’s mine. This pot is a bit rough but I love it’s textures and colour so I get to keep it. These raku bowls will be going off to the gallery, the first two are quite large, they have some lovely colours and textures There are a lot more raku bowls heading off to the gallery for a spring event but I’ve packed them up before getting photos.
And there are raku pendants too So as you can see it’s been a very busy week, I’m now feeling shattered, that’s why my post is later than usual.
I could do with a rest today so I’m taking it easy reviewing my drawings, the more I look I find more interesting things to inspire me.