Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Raku Kiln is heating up again...

Perfect to hang out side or near a window to show all the colors  iridescence in the changing light during the day. Large ornament measures approx. 5 1/2 inches tall x 4 1/2 inches in width. Copper glazing on back. It would be pretty with chimes or feathers dangling from the bottom and hanging by your kitchen window:)

Wondrousstange Raku Star Cabochons. Two stars in varying textures. Sizes  2 1/2 inch, 1 1/2 inch.

Raku is an ancient Japanese glazing style that has been tweaked by modern potters to give wonderful colors and textures. Once a piece is glazed, it is fired to1850 +/- degrees, pulled from the kiln at that temperature and quickly placed in a reduction chamber filled with combustible materials. Immediately the blazing material is starved of oxygen by placing a top on the chamber and left to rest for a determined amount of time. When the top is removed...the treasures are revealed:) Every firing is different in the revealed colors, each piece uniquely different. Because humidity, daily temperatures, my quickness in getting the work in the reduction chamber all contribute to the final two firings are alike. Opening the reduction chamber is always like opening a present at Christmas...never know what you are going to get...sometimes a diamond, sometimes a flannel shirt...but always a treat:)
 I chose a really cold day to work again, but the intense colors are worth a bit of cold:)

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