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Raku Dolls heads


Raku Dolls Heads with succulent plant hairdos.

Technique

Press molded in two piece molds, using crank  or porcelain clay. Bisque fired to 1000 C then glazed with raku clear glaze. Fired to 960C and then smoked in sawdust.

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Raku at Greenwich Community College 2017


Student work from this years Raku course.

 Showing great use of wax or no glaze for black areas.

 

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Handcarved Salt dishes, which stacked for firing, as no glaze top and bottom, thus taking up less kiln space than they would have, had they all been fired separately.

Vessels dipped in white and copper glaze not overlapping in some areas leaving unglazed areas which go black after firing when smoked in sawdust.

Showing wax applied before dipping into glaze, the wax resists the glaze and goes black after firing when smoked in sawdust.


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Brick Factory Java Indonesia


On a recent trip to Indonesia, I came across a brick factory where the whole process from digging and refining the clay to pressing the bricks is all done by hand.

Digging and refining the clay

 

Pressing the bricks

 

raw bricks stacked for firing              fired bricks getting loaded onto lorry

 

 


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Ceramic Resources


and if you feel inspired to learn ceramics my evening classes start again next monday and tuesday 7-9pm at Greenwich Community College plug plug!!

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Why not look at some ceramics?

Try out the following suggestions :

Visit V&A 6th floor ceramics department  and Contemporary Ceramics  opposite entrance to British Museum on Great Russell Street.

Check out ceramicartsdaily.org or youtube and get mesmerized watching experts from the comfort of your home.

Check out the link below for thursday evening talks by ceramic practitioners at

The Kiln Rooms

Or if you are at home watch The great pottery throw down on bbc

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Ceramic Resources


Why not look at some ceramics?

Try out the following suggestions :

Visit V&A 6th floor ceramics department  and Contemporary Ceramics  opposite entrance to British Museum on Great Russell Street.

Check out ceramicartsdaily.org or youtube and get mesmerized watching experts from the comfort of your home.

Check out the link below for thursday evening talks by ceramic practitioners at

The Kiln Rooms

Or if you are at home watch The great pottery throw down on bbc


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Throwing “off the hump”


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I taught this student how to throw “off the hump” as a way of speeding up the throwing process. This can be particularly helpful in a two hour evening class at Greenwich Community College as centering small lumps of clay can be time consuming.

Five similar vessels produced ready for turning.

I make my katori bowls june 2014 using this same method.

Watch this video on youtube to see exactly how its done

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Here are the five cups glazed and ready to use.

From left to right

1,  4,and  5

Pale blue dipped over halfway then shiny orange over the opposite halfway  .

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Shiny white then strontium black applied in the same way.

All fired  to 1260 degrees C