On Saturday I had the opportunity to raku fire some pottery. This was the best raku session I've had (see previous results here). I thought I would post pictures of the best two pieces. This first piece was textured with "Steve's Tool," and then I glazed it with Dan's Blue.
I got some great color from the glaze.
I glazed the fish vase with white crackle, and sprayed it with ferric chloride to give it the coppery orange color. Then I smoked the piece with saw dust to bring out the crackle.
He turned out pretty nicely, huh?
I accidentally broke the stopper I had made, but I think the fish is okay alone.
I found it interesting that the ferric chloride went to the edges and extremeties. The lips, fins and eyes, for example, are darker.
We had a great time on Saturday, even if it was incredibly hot with the sun and the gas kilns firing through the morning.