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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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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

throwing off the hump

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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


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Glazing is amazing at Greenwich Community College


During the ceramics evening class at Greenwich Community College students shared their favourite glazing techniques, these are some of the results.

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Shiny orange dipped just over halfway from the right, then dark blue to halfway from the left giving the double dipped stripe in the middle. The right edge is then dipped in dark blue, the left edge in shiny orange. Resulting in 5 bands of colour using only two glazes!

When dark blue is applied under or over the shiny orange, ie double dipped either way the resulting three stripes that are not orange or blue but a mixture of either one over or under the other.

 

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This is achieved by dipping the whole bowl in light blue, followed by dipping right and left edges in reactive grey.

Great results, proving yet again that glazing is amazing.