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Naked Raku 2016


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Naked Raku achieved by applying terrasigilata to bone dry coiled vessel and burnishing to make a shiny sealed surface. After bisque firing a crack off slip is applied and then exactly 24 hours later a clear glaze applied on top.

The black marks are made using sgraffitto, carving through the glaze and slip.

The work is then Raku fired and then smoked in sawdust. After removing from the sawdust and plunging into water, all the glaze and slip “crack off” returning the surface to the burnished unglazed but crackle smoked surface.


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Raku Party in India


Having a raku party is a great way to introduce the raku technique to anyone. It involves making and bisque firing pieces ready for glazing on the day, plus making raku glazes for participants to use. Clear glaze and copper glazes give great results. The recipes we used were made by my friend and glaze specialist Lekha.

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Lekha weighing copper carbonate.

 

Everything in India is hand made including the kiln and the “chimta” or tongs, used to remove pieces from the kiln when the glazes have melted.IMG_8413

Kiln made by Anirudh Panday, Rakesh testing the burner hole size.

 

After removing hot pieces from the kiln they are placed into scrunched up newspaper in metal bins, and left to smoke in a reduced atmosphere for at least 5 minutes.

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some of the results from our raku party

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Copper and clear glazes on porcelain,  deliberately painted, leaving spaces for the matt black obtained from the post reduction smoking in newspaper.

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Copper matt, smoked for two minutes in newspaper then “burped” which allows oxygen to combine with copper then sprayed with water at the point of most colour.

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Wax resist to give black areas, clear glaze on porcelain tile.

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Wax resist to give black areas, clear glaze on porcelain tile.

Thank you Lekha for making this raku party happen.

 

 


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Raku 2014


Here are the works that my students made in this year’s raku class:at Greenwich Community College

student work

student work

copper matt student work

copper matt student work

student work raku handbag

student work raku handbag

copper glaze more heavily reduced on right star

copper glaze more heavily reduced on right star

student work raku anthrax bug

student work raku anthrax bug

student work raku figures

student work raku figures

student work heavily reduced copper glaze

student work heavily reduced copper glaze

student work raku zebra black stripes made using masking tape resist before glazing

student work raku zebra black stripes made using masking tape resist before glazing

student work feather and plant smoking on burnished unglazed surface

student work feather and plant smoking on burnished unglazed surface

student work raku owl thrown with additions

student work raku owl thrown with additions

student work in sawdust

student work in sawdust

student work copper matt variations

student work copper matt variations

beginner student work saki set

beginner student work saki set

student work pouch for samurai warrior

student work pouch for samurai warrior

student work fastening beads for pouch

student work fastening beads for pouch


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More Raku


This Om design is brushed with wax resist, then the plate is dipped in white crackle glaze.
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The wax resists the glaze and gets smoked black in sawdust.
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Lighthouse before glazing.
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Lighthouse white crackle glaze and wax resist producing black areas of smoke.
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Dragonfly unglazed.
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Dragonfly glazed with copper lustre and reduced in sawdust.
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Examples of work using coloured slips and sgraffito before bisque firing, and clear raku glaze.

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Family.
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Another family.
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