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Naked Raku-fired Pottery

For years I have wondered about this fascinating firing technique. Although I am quite familiar with raku firing, I never tried “naked raku” until recently.

And yes, while it does sound like I am showing off for my neighbors, I am actually fully clothed while firing these pots!

Naked raku refers to the notion of using no glaze on the pots. Instead of my usual glazes, I roll the bisque fired pot in a thick layer of wet slip. The slip dries & cracks during the next firing, leaving some naked exposed areas on the pot. Once the pot reaches the desired temperature, I remove it from the kiln and place it quickly into a small container of recycled shredded paper. The fire & smoke finish the pots to form a striking black & white pattern.

Low fired naked raku and feather decorated pots.

A few of the advantages of this firing technique: the firing temperatures can be lower, thus resulting in faster firing times. I usually pull the pots at around 1300 degrees. The process is nearly fool proof, however, thicker slip seems to produce more pronounced patterns (and it is much easier to clean off the residue!) The best part is using all that slip I manage to accumulate!

For a bit of fun, I also experimented with rolling slip over a previously finished glazed pot (see the blue pot above) and the results were quite satisfying! Also pictured above are a few of my feather decorated pots. In place of the usual horse hair, I used some seagull feathers I found at the beach to swish onto the hot pots. They are a work in progress….

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Inspired by Nature…

I will be sharing my one of a kind handmade jewelry and decorative pottery at Lockwood’s Greenhouses on September 12.

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Pets Alive WNY Fundraiser

I will be among the many local artists and vendors helping Pets Alive WNY (7007 Campbell Blvd. in Pendleton) celebrate their anniversary on Sunday, July 26 11-3!

https://facebook.com/events/s/anniversary-lawn-fete/554413892177243/?ti=icl

These are some of my pet-themed items- free gift with each purchase!
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Garden Inspired…

Under normal circumstances I would be preparing for The Buffalo-Style Garden Art Show held at the Buffalo & Erie county Botanical Gardens.

Here are a few items I created with them in mind…

Although this and many other wonderful summer shows are cancelled this year, I hope to be exhibiting my work later this year. In the meantime, be well and enjoy the summer!

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Vintage & Antique Sterling…

Having fun re-purposing, repairing & restoring vintage and antique Sterling!

October Show Schedule: 
Clarence Chamber of Commerce Women In Business Conference *October 16 8:30- 2:30 Samuel’s Grande Manor https://www.facebook.com/clarencechamberofcommerce/
Sweet Home High School Dollars for Scholars Fundraiser *October 19 9-3 https://sweethomeschools.org/SHSHS/Events/9819-DO-Dollars-for-Scholars-Craft-Fair-Basket-Raffle.html
Bryant & Stratton College Wellness Fair *October 22 10-1 (more info to follow) Getzville Campus

Restored Sterling (2)

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Horse Hair Pottery!

Just finished two pieces featuring the hair from my niece’s horses in Colorado. (Twister and Daisy kindly donated some of their hair after grooming!) Special thanks to their owner Jill!

These pots will be donated to a local charity fundraising event: The Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York (LAUNY) Diva’s Treat Raffle

horse hair pots