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.
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.
I taught some students at Greenwich Community College the inlay technique, drawing through clay at the leatherhard stage with a sgraffito tool. Then filling the drawn lines with coloured slip, allowing all to dry, to give clear crisp lines when scraping off the excess slip with a metal kidney to reveal the drawn lines in colour inlay.
This is the student’s resulting work.
Stoneware clay inlaid with black slip, bisque fired ready for glazing.
Watch this space to see the finished glazed piece next year.
Student result after being taught what I call the ‘no centre’ method, the students always say they have never thrown such big work till being taught this method.
I was taught this method by Takeshi Yasuda my tutor at Goldsmiths, but I cannot find any video of him demonstrating this technique, only something similiar he calls the donut method.
This was made by a student at Greenwich Community College evening class, glazed with buff green and decorated with cobalt carbonate, fired to 1260 C.
I demonstrated the lithography technique Lithography on Clay to an interested student and these are some of the results.
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.