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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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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 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.
1om after
Lighthouse before glazing.
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Lighthouse white crackle glaze and wax resist producing black areas of smoke.
1lighthouse after
Dragonfly unglazed.
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Dragonfly glazed with copper lustre and reduced in sawdust.
1df after

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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Raku Course, Greenwich Community College, 2013


Here are some glaze tests and student work from the raku course that I taught recently at Greenwich Community College.

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Clear raku glaze over blue slip, thrown bowl, student work.

1clear Clear raku glaze test on crank clay body, thrown bowl.

 1naked raku
Naked raku test, crank clay body with white terrasigilata, crack off slip and clear raku glaze.
 
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Copper matt.
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Copper matt too.
1copper matt face
Copper matt face.