Raku Dolls Heads with succulent plant hairdos.
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.
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.
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
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 .
2 and 3
Shiny white then strontium black applied in the same way.
All fired to 1260 degrees C
During the ceramics evening class at Greenwich Community College students shared their favourite glazing techniques, these are some of the results.
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.
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.
Turquoise and copper lustre all from the same glaze!
Turquoise obtained by watching for the turquoise colour to appear on exposure to oxygen after removing from kiln and before putting into sawdust for 4 minutes smoking only.
Copper lustre is obtained by putting into sawdust straight from kiln and leaving for longer than 4 minutes.
Results from the raku course at Greenwich Community College this year.
Transparent/ white on crank/porcelain using wax resist.