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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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Winter Violets

Although I only participated in a few art festivals during 2020, I tried to maintain a decent level of creative production. The most fun was experimenting with Sterling Metal Clay, sculpting leaf pendants using tiny garden foliage imprints.

My kilns work overtime firing glass, pottery and Metal Clay. These are a few of my violet leaves, forever transformed into Sterling jewelry, displayed in one of my handmade glass bowls.

Warm wishes for a wonderful new year filled with hope and good health. Looking forward….

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Fall inspiration…

Although I have no shows scheduled for the foreseeable future, I feel inspired each day to continue creating.

One of my favorite new discoveries is called MetalMagic- a truly fun way to transform garden leaves into wearable Sterling silver pendants.

Small leaves pressed onto the thinly rolled clay are kiln-fired to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit for 60-90 minutes. This allows the binder to burn away, leaving the silver, which is .960 pure -slightly higher than Sterling. Upon removal from the cooled kiln, I clean, oxidize, and polish the silver leaves.

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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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Lockwood’s Greenhouses Fall Festival

I will be exhibiting my handmade raku fired pottery leaves along with my unique re-purposed vintage Sterling and handmade glass jewelry at Lockwood’s Fall Festival– Saturday, September 7 from 9-4.

 

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September Fall Festivals and Art Shows

I am excited to share my new fused glass jewelry, decorative pottery, and re-purposed silver spoon jewelry! 

Parkside Artisan Market

Sunday, September 23   10-3

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Decorative Raku and Horse Hair Pottery

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Raku and Horse Hair Pottery

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Re-purposed Sterling Silver Spoon Rings

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A Mermaid Tail & Ring from a Re-purposed Sterling Fork

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Handmade fused Glass Pendants

 

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Late spring & early summer shows:

It’s exciting to find new opportunities to share my work -lots of new designs and many returning favorites!

Here are the confirmed shows to date:

Friday, May 18   5:30 – 9

Buffalovefest @ the Buffalo Zoo

Sunday, May 20  10 – 4

Parkside Artisan Market

Sunday, June 24  10 – 3

Parkside Artisan Market

Saturday & Sunday June 30 & July 1  10 – 4

Buffalo Garden Style Art Sale @ The Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Sunday, July 15  10 – 4

Hamburg Garden Walk

Sunday, July 22  10 – 3

Parkside Artisan Market

Saturday & Sunday July 28 & 29    10 – 5

Glen Park Art Festival

and more to come…

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New this year: re-purposed antique sterling silver pendants and rings

Hope to see you this spring or summer!

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Garden Shows & Glen Park

Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale @ The Botanical Gardens

Garden inspired raku-fired pottery, re-purposed floral silver plate and china pieces, and hand made, kiln-fired fused glass pendants all designed and constructed in my sun porch studio surrounded by my rustic gardens…

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Also this summer:

Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9 Hamburg Garden Walk Garden Fair

Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30 Glen Park Art Festival

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Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale

Getting ready for the Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale this weekend. I will have many garden-inspired decorative raku pottery pieces, leather bracelets, and fused glass jewelry!

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Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale

Botanical Gardens, Buffalo NY

June 25 and 26      10-5