It's May in England, and after a long season of making, I'm about ready to start the process of Raku firing all over again. It's cyclical with me, lots of mental preparation as well as practical, in terms of physically mixing enough glaze batches. Checking the glaze is thick enough, dipping, pouring, dipping and pouring again...stacking the kiln....lighting the kiln....waiting, tongs at the ready!
This time around I've experimented a lot more with overlapping glaze, and half burying pots in wood shavings. Still getting a heavy reduction, but with less black and soot carbonization from the direct contact with the wood shavings. It's pretty interesting- some gold resulting, but mildly suicidal! (For the pot not the potter hopefully) I've only been doing this 18 years....
Been messing around with a not quite Terra Sigilata slip. Well the juries out on this one. I saggar fired them to about 700 degrees c, I'm not expert but it was fun to try. Perhaps it's something I will persevere with . It's good to try something new even if they don't quite pan out. Interesting... but more work needed!
Looking forwards to raku firing properly soon! Lots to do and almost completely out of stock..so I better get a jiggy on.
It's taken longer than I'd hoped but this years' first batch of making is coming to an end, ready for the really exciting bit , doing the firings! What with colds, flu, a dodgy, back , whiplash from a neck injury...it's been a funny old year so far. Progress has been slower than I'd have liked but there you go, I am still standing.
Meanwhile lots of stuff has been happening in India. The film is courtesy of Elle Decor India's Instagram feed, and is from the Curocarte stand at the India Id design fest in February. Meanwhile back in the UK, I am hoping to resupply some galleries over the Spring and Summer period.
I'm busy in a making phase,
there's lots in the pipeline, but my main
focus is to get a decent body of work together. It's not always easy when the temperature in the work shop drops below zero! So it's been hard going, stopping the clay from freezing completely! it's toasty when the kiln's on mind you...