I’m still adding raku pieces to my Etsy shop, I thought you might like a look too.
I have to say I’m like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to my raku pieces, I find myself just standing staring at them, I could happily keep them all.
There have been some gorgeous leaves, click on the images to find out more.
This one has some amazing colours. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a video of this one.
And here’s a selection of my raku bowls and ring dishes.
This one will be difficult to part with, the inside reminds me of a starry sky and the outside looks like a landscape.
I do get to keep some, my cracked pot collection is growing. Every cloud and all that 🙂
Enjoy your day 🙂
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?
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.