Before I continue with the raku pieces, I want to post the Spring Ahead pieces and some pieces which I created during open workshop prior to my raku course, which I finally picked up today. I had already forgotten about a couple of these (although my book of notes hadn't), so it was a nice surprise to be able to pick up so many today.
big swirly bowl which is currently on display at Shadbolt. Except this one has a thrown pedestal added to it, I finished the swirls in Tenmoku as well as Deep Blue, and I glazed in Clear instead of Celadon. I like how it turned out, although I don't know what I'll end up doing with it. I don't want a birdbath for the yard. It may end up as a large fruit bowl on my counter, just like the other big bowl.
thrown upside down as a dome, then flipped over, and what used to be the bottom is slumped and formed into the nice concave curve. Then I threw a base for it. I glazed it in Tenmoku, then Copper Red on the top. I like the glaze combination, and how the Copper flows and interacts with the Tenmoku.
I see in my previous comments that in future I may want to carve the outer wall, since it is double-walled. I'm glad I recorded that thought, since it seems like a nice project to try one day.
one of the vessels I tried to deform so I could twist it. The twisting was unsuccessful, but the shape of the vase wasn't. It is quite bottom heavy, since it was hard to trim after deforming the sides, so it has a crack in the bottom. I don't believe the glaze has filled it in, so it will not hold water, but would be fine for holding something dry, or just for display.
The glaze is quite a combination of colors, so it has lots of character. First I glazed with Copper Red inside and Bamboo outside. Then I dipped in overlapping Tenmoku, Matt Green and Deep Blue. If I study the results more carefully, I'm sure I'll learn a lot about how those glazes interact.
other piece I tried to deform, unsuccessfully, but ended up with an interesting shape. My glaze notes are as follows : "Copper Red inside. Deep Blue top. Matt Green bottom. Clear over Matt Green. Drizzled Tenmoku inside and outside."
conching process" in forming quality chocolate - read more about it on the Lindt website. :-)
The opposite sides are glazed in Deep Blue, Celadon, and Tenmoku. But there are other colors from my underglazes, in Yellow (flowers), Red (squiggle pattern), Greens (leaves). I experimented with waxing those parts which were colored with underglaze, and they resisted the glaze nicely. So other than being a time consuming process, I think it is a promising one.
For both blocks, I had glazed all 6 sides and then realized I wouldn't be able to put these on the kiln shelves. So I added 4 balls of wadding, but should have removed the glaze from those spots before attaching the wadding, since they of course stuck, and I needed to bang them off with a makeshift hammer. If it were an indoor piece, I would need to file them also (too much work!) but since they will be in an outdoor totem, I'll just leave those funny white bits of wadding as a conversation piece. At least I learned for next time.
As I look back in my previous post from my Spring Ahead course, I realize I may not have posted this little plate, which I think I picked up later than the other pieces (it was hiding under someone else's piece), so I'll post it now.