Sunday, March 31, 2013

There was fire, and then the Gods smiled....

Happy Easter Everyone!
The Easter Bunny blessed out raku yesterday with warm weather, blue skies, no wind, great friends, good food and a very successful firing! Thank you Easter Bunny :)
My pal Barbara even brought me some moss! This is my newest table runner, woven with more thrift store finds. A really ugly pink and orange silk blouse and two very ugly skirts, look what they became! This one is my best yet, not one mistake, yay!
We all had success, but I think Laura probably won the blue ribbon. And a good thing too. I used Laura as a guinea pig when I first got my kiln, it was the first raku firing with her and my friend Susan, and not only did it pour rain all day, I don't think Laura had one piece survive. Yesterday her good Karma came back with lots of amazing work!

 Barbara and I had very few pieces to fire, but what we fired came out quite nice. These are her pear tiles and some tiny barns of mine on rusty nail stilts.

Rick's Turquoise is a very cool glaze, it did something different on every piece. It is not for those with expectations however.

 This was my favorite thing from the day, the photo barely shows how surreal this hand really is.
The body parts are for a larger sculpture piece Laura is preparing for her May show.
 The elephant head on fire was the most fun thing we did. We just set it on an old kiln shelf, sprinkled on sawdust then misted it with water. Really great result, but my camera battery died. Check out our denim aprons we made from old jeans, two pretty cute 50 year old chicks, I think anyway!
I am very blessed to have such great friends. We had such a good day, and Gerry was even off and with us some of the time. He got some veggie seeds in the ground so we will actually have a small garden this year. Life is good.
Happy coming back to life day, Jesus :)


Dennis Allen said...

It's good to know that ugly can turn into beautiful. Happy Easter

oldgreymare said...

Oh it looks like such a wonderful day - so happy no disappointments came to call. I adore the little houses and those hands!!!!

and you both look fabulous and happy .

Yay! Now go make more pretties!

Michèle Hastings said...

That is a great photo of the elephant head on fire!!!
The body parts are very cool too. Glad you had a great day playing with fire.

angela walford said...

oh check out your wee barns trace!! tres cool :))
glad you had a fun day, that turquoise glaze is insane, what crazy results....woohoo raku love..

cookingwithgas said...

Hands down those hands look fantastic! What a wonderful way to spend a day.
And you all had good stuff come from the fire.

Lori Buff said...

I love the picture of the flaming elephant head. It looks like the raku Gods were smiling on you. Yay, good to see you enjoying the clay.

Susan Wells said...

So much wonder coming out of your studio! Hooray!!!

Sandy miller said...

What a great way to spend a holiday! I cannot wait for sun and warmer temps to fire up the raku kiln here!

I love the moss in the raku cups! Green tea for everybody :)


love love love.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey ya'll. Yes, way cool day, much fun, lots of good stuff! Thanks for the cheers!!

tammy said...

i love the Ganeshas.....and your aprons...

Shannon said...

What a good story of renewal by fire and friends! pagan magic was clearly in the air.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Tammy, yep, those were Laura's and sooo great!
Hey Shannon, just a bunch of pagan fire junkies, haha! We had a great day:)