Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I'm working on some new raku glazes. I fired again today and tested some ideas, it's all good! I feel so dialed in when I am Raku firing, it's like this is what I was meant to do or something. I know that Raku gets a bad rap from some potters, I don't really understand why, but it comes so naturally for me and it is a good fit with my personality. I have some new glazes that do some crazy stuff, metallic, dry stone, reds and yellows, so much!
I love my little white barns with the red and green roofs but I am really getting bored with them. I need more depth, more color, different color, I want them to look more deteriorated. I want to Raku them! But that's risky business for slab built work as I said in my earlier post.
This was a house that I wasn't all that happy with so I tested a new glaze on it and of course the roof popped off. The good news is that it came off in one piece so I was able to epoxy it back on. One trick I learned from Adrian Arleo, is to take the epoxy and mix in a little dry clay and the crack disappears. This house looks really great now. I love the texture of the glaze and the roof color is amazing. You just can't get the kind of depth I want in a glaze with anything but Raku or wood firing, and I don't have a wood kiln, so I think I'll just take the risk and glue the roofs back on.
I love this new glaze, it feels and looks like stone, much better than the terra sig I have been using.
I also love the amber color these dishes are picking up
and here is some more of that crazy copper matte that is supposed to be red. This got very little reduction, it's like a nebula or something!
It's so strange, when I save photos of pottery I would say that 90% of what I like is wood fired, brown pots. I love love love them. But when it comes to my own work I want color. But not just any color, I want to see depth of color, unusual color and some texture. I want color that raku gives me. It's like the painter in me is trying to get out and it's finding it's way in the fire.
I have been worried that my terra sig work and my raku work are competing, but today I put together all the things I have been making for the past few weeks, and it somehow works. It all looks like it belongs together in some strange way. After I get all of these shows behind me, I think the barns and houses are going to take a break and I am going to work on throwing some large vases. The new glazes I tested today have some great potential for large vases. When I left Penland I was throwing 12-15 lb. vases and I haven't made any since then. It's time.....