I (Wes) haven't done a raku firing for over 3 years, but am back to it as of yesterday. Here are some of the results. Raku firings are done at relatively low temperatures and are not food safe. However, they can produce some interesting decorative pieces.
Here are some interesting samples from Kate Lear and her students
Experiment 1 -
Gloria's dipped... Shatz Blue and Spearmint dabbed on and waxed with Mobil Cer...Licorice over dipped (Mobil Cer used as the white water based waxes will cause the under glaze to smear).
Experiment 2 -
Licorice dipped on two edges...Gloria's dipped on one edge and poured in center...Licorice poured in center.
(In Experiments 2 &3 the Gloria's is actually its normal tan, lighting is not conducive to true colors).
Experiment 3 -
Glorias dipped...Licorice dipped on two corners
Cliff's plate - Jade over Licorice
Nancy's bowl - Licorice dipped...Byrne dipped. A very nice blue grey in the overlap.
Two small trays/dishes from Florence with New Blue
The current batch of New Blue is showing up well on pieces in the studio. It is particularly nice on textured pieces as you can see below. Florence said she brushed the glaze on both which accounts for the nicely contrasting blue-green and brown. The New Blue will break brown where thin and blue-green where thicker. Care needs to be taken as New Blue will run when thick.
Another great mask from Lesley - glazes unknown...Lesley check in!
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Here are some interesting results from recent firings at the RAL Pottery Studio. See the person indicated for any additional details on how they made the piece and applied the glaze. If you have any pieces that you are happy with the results, please send images to Wes or leave a note in the studio to have him take photos to share with everyone.
Jeanna - the mug was dipped in Nutmeg, then Bright Sky Blue was applied inside and half way down on the outside.
Lauren - the bowl was dipped in Licorice on one half and Bryne on the other. The light blue color resulted from the overlap.
Lisa's mugs - the one on the left was dipped in Jade, the one on the right Variegated Slate Blue. The VSB will be darker and glossier when applied thickly.
Unknown artist - really nice piece! Please let us know your process
Myndi's pitcher - first dipped in Byrne, then over dipped with Black Matte
A new experimental glaze in the RAL studio palette
John Flournoy passed along some results of his use of Black Matte, so I asked him how he had used it. Here's a a mini-workshop, courtesy of John.
"I started by rolling a thin slab somewhere between 1/4" and the next mark down on my North Star slab roller. I then cut random width strips about 11/2" wide and then cut them down to 3-4" lengths and formed them to look like ribbon candy. Using a slump mold I cut a disk 1/4 thick by 4 inches or so in circumference and placed it in the bottom then just built up from there attaching the ribbon candy pieces, All of those ribbon shapes were pressed to flatten a bit, leaving it in the mold I covered it with plastic till the next morning. I flipped it out of the mold and onto a piece of foam and attached an extruded foot ring then flipped it upright onto a piece of plastic and then covered it and let it sit for about a week. Once fired I glazed it with the matte black then wiped away most of it to expose the clay. Next time I will brush on the glaze so as not to waste so much also might try brushing on a light layer of clear glaze with a fan brush so the raw clay does not feel so rough".
Another application: Lauren Baker - Black Satin Matte inside/Over Byrne, bottom 2/3 outside
Let us know if you use Black Matte and send photos.
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