I left this morning, and returned home about 5PM, soaking wet and cold and exhausted, but very happy. It was a very good day. And one good thing about raku - other than the fire and smoke and excitement - is that you can bring your pieces home - DONE - at the end of the day. I am extremely pleased with the results with all 3 pieces :
second layer of fish and plants attached, and then the areas carved out in-between. The raku glazes are Piepenberg Red-Bronze (ring on top), Apple Crackle (aquatic foliage), then each fish finished differently, using a combination of Yellow and Red underglaze (with Clear/White Crackle glaze on top) and Red raku glaze, and for one of the fish, just Clear/White Crackle. I also used a bit of Black underglaze, for the center of the eyes (where I also avoided adding glaze), and some of the fins.
I loved my first experience with raku firing, and this one was even more successful in many ways, so I very much look forward to the next opportunity, which will hopefully be in the Spring.
P.S. I was intrigued with these raku skulls (which make me think of the Terminator movie) which are NOT MINE, they were made by David Robinson of DMR Ceramics. Pretty cool. I was tempted to ask him if he could sell me one, but it occurred to me that my family may not be as fond of them as I am. What do you think? Would you (or someone you love) like one of these on your bookshelf?