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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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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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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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Revised Fall Show Schedule

Sunday, October 22, 10-3 Parkside Artisan Market

Wednesday, November 8  11-3  Private Holiday Party

Saturday, November 11     11-6  Psychic & Craft Fair Fundraiser, Center for Self Advocacy

Sunday, November 12        9-3   St. Andrew’s Holiday Craft & Gift Show 

Saturday, November 18     9-2   St. Paul’s Eggertsville Holiday Bazaar

More holiday shows and details to follow!

Just a few of the items I have been busy creating for my upcoming shows:

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Hand-finished solid sterling silver bracelet cuffs $25

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Raku-fired leaf pendants on leather cords $10

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Succulents in raku-fired and horse hair pots $20 to $50

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Raku-fired, horse hair, and pottery leaves $5 to $60

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Recycled copper “Cuffaloes” $25