On the weekend I picked up the remaining pieces, and these lil' babies were worth waiting for :
Here they are, one by one :
two pierced raku pieces (see them in this post). Since we fire to cone 10, most of our glazes are pretty dark and drab coloured. So I used underglazes to get some bright colours, and sprayed with Clear glaze.
Here is the piece in progress, adding underglazes, and using tape to create the sharp, neat edges :
It was dipped into Amber Celadon on the rim, and then sprayed Clear. I love the textures and colours of this piece. Particularly how the marbling came through very clearly, and is matched by the rich amber celadon rim. And how there is a small ring where the Clear collected on the rim, when I sprayed the inside. I would be really tempted to attempt a set of these. I wonder if I could ever reproduce the same effects?
the yellow underglaze survived beautifully in the raku firing, as seen in my fish bowl from Nov 1), or just stick to the reds and greens.
I would love to leave these stained and unglazed, but in my previous experiment (see the leaf pendants in #19 in this post), the underglazes which were sprayed Clear retained their bright green colour, and the ones which weren't glazed ended up going brown. Tricky stuff. I'll keep experimenting, until I get these to behave the way I like. I am still thinking to collaborate with my friend Shelley for some hand made jewelry, such as in her beaded bracelets.