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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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Final Holiday Market at Hotel Henry 12/22

Looking for one of a kind handmade gifts this holiday season? Do you collect unique restored or re-purposed vintage Sterling silver jewelry? 

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I am very excited to announce I will be participating in each (12/1-12/22) of Hotel Henry’s Holiday Markets!

From their page on Facebook: The Holiday Market at Hotel Henry is back for another season, and with that comes four opportunities to enjoy 100 Acres’ ingredient-focused brunch menu as you Explore Buffalo’s premier holiday market experience.

(Open to all for shopping amazing local artisans- please see their site for brunch reservation info!)

As a local artist, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude & let you know how much your support means to me…               

Hope to see you soon!!!

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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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New Work for New Shows!

I have been busy creating new raku fired leaves and new fused glass and broken china pendants for my August shows.

Saturday, August 10 (3-7 pm) Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve Artisan Market

Sunday, August 11 and 25 (10-2) Hotel Henry Summer Market

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St. Andrew’s Spring Show

I will be a returning artist at St. Andrew’s Spring Craft & Vendor Show on Sunday 3/24 from 9-3. I have been working on a few new things including raku leaves and vintage sterling dragonfly wings…

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Time to make the leaves…

Last November I gathered some of my favorite leaves (mostly hydrangea along with a few tulip leaves my twin sister picked up along the bike path) and placed them in my freezer.

So happy I did! I pulled them today to make another batch of raku-fired leaves. Here’s how they look so far…

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I fired these about a month ago…so happy with the colors!!

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