Today was a long day. I applied terra sigillata (basically a very fine clay slip) to 14 of my raku pieces. The 15th I only trimmed today, so it was not dry enough to apply terra sig.
Here are 9 of my pieces, waiting on the bisque shelf, after the terra sig was applied :
Here's my little penguin, the part I finished in terra sig is still gray (moist) since the photo is when it was freshly applied. I didn't try to polish the terra sig, I don't think the penguin should be shiny, just smooth, and I didn't want to take a chance that I would break off his beak. I was fortunate that none of my pieces broke during polishing, but a few classmates were not so fortunate today. The penguin's tummy I plan to finish in crackle glaze, and the remainder of him will turn black from being placed in combustible materials.
Here are the next 4 pieces, also waiting on the bisque shelf. For the sodium silicate crackle vases, I didn't apply terra sig to the vase at all, since I want it to be rough for the obvara raku, but I applied terra sig (at least I think I did) to the bottom/foot, so it will be smooth.
Finally, my "princess for an evening" lady, whose dress will be finished in a glitzy glaze, and the rest of her will either be black (if I am able to remove her from the kiln with tongs, and place her in combustibles), or white (if I can't lift her out, and just leave her in the kiln to cool down). I finished her skin and the base of the sculpture in terra sig.
I had time left after applying the terra sig, so I glazed two of my pieces from early April. One of the big vases was cracked on the bottom. Probably since I left it too bottom-heavy, should have trimmed much more. But I glazed it anyhow, just to see what happens.
I found that my rolled plate/bowl also was cracked.
Next week I will terra sig that final raku piece, and glaze a few of my remaining pieces. Then I'll be ready for the 2 sessions of raku firing. I can't wait.
Oh, I almost forgot, I also visited my large swirly platter / bowl which is on exhibit at the moment at the Shadbolt Center in Burnaby, BC.
Here is another shot of it, from behind :