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Sunday, February 22, 2009

RAKU

We had our low fire Raku firing yesterday and had some very good results. Once again, I forgot my camera. Here are some snaps of some of my favorite pieces. I'll try and persuade Gerry to take some professional shots later, these kinda suck. My first ever vases, not bad for a first effort, I really want to make more of them and get bigger and bigger....

Remember the wood craved butterfly I got for Christmas? This is going to make a great tile
Pinch pots I made last summer, finally fired them. This is a black Raku glaze and is sooo nice.
This looks a lot better in person, man these pieces were hard to shoot. Gerry is not going to like this.......

10 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

Looks like good stuff, Tracey. You're doing fine with the vases and I love the tile. Were these fired with the new kiln?

tsbroome said...

Not the new kiln. I took a raku glaze class at Claymakers and we were experimenting with some glazes we created. These are some of the "test tiles". A group of us fired at Claymakers yesterday with really good results. My latest estimate to get a gas line to my kiln is $700, yikes, so I'm going to get some other estimates this week.

WildMagnolia said...

They came out great. I love your vases. These were a first try? Damn girl, they're lovely. The pictures look fine, btw.

michele d.

Jerry said...

Those look good. Speaking of big raku vases, are you familiar with Ramon Camarillo (www.ramoncamarillo.com)? I have had the pleasure of taking workshops from him and he makes absolutely amazing pieces. He is in his pots up to his shoulders. He's a wonderful guy and he plays a mean ukelele, too.

Linda Starr said...

All the vases are beautiful and the pinch pots too - great colors. Love that butterfly - ancient looking.

Those gas lines aren't cheap, but better to be safe. To save money at one place we rented a trencher and did the trenching of the ditch and laying of the pipe ourselves as long as we did it to their specs(depends upon utility rules if you are allowed to do part of the work yourself) and the utility company did the connections. If you do rent a trencher, make sure you get the insurance with the rental in case it breaks (the chain derailed due to a rock underground) and be sure to mark or know where all your other underground lines are.

Thanks for the info on squares and circles - the Cherokee masks I saw had kind of odd shaped patches under the eyes. I'll have to do some more research and see what I come up with.

tsbroome said...

Hi Jerry, I checked out Ramon's website, gorgeous vases! Thanks for letting me know about him.

mahanpots said...

Nice pieces, Tracey. I like the bulbous shapes of the vases.

cindy shake said...

What wonderful visual textures! The butterfly tile is great looking -I love the color and how the Raku changed the tile's whole feeling.

Clay Perry said...

wow... gorgeous work... lovely... that first piece is beautiful...

Lisa K said...

I saw that vase at the firing, the blue one. Gorgeous!!! You should definitely keep up with the Raku.