Naked raku

The animal figures in this series I call “Spirit Animals.” They are obviously canine-like in nature, but yet are not specific in identity.The average size of the animal pieces is 13″ long by 10″ high. The lidded boxes are average 3.5″ x 5″ or smaller at 4″ x 4″. It’s the weight of the bold black and white patterning that I had seen other artists use on pots that first got me interested in this way of working. I wanted to combine this with the animal form and see what happened or whether or not it could survive the firing process. Once I practiced on some test vessels, it was a matter of building the forms and refining the construction so they would withstand the thermal shock of firing. The firing process is what produces the dramatic black and white results. The piece has a special mixture of some fine liquid clay slip poured over it, placed in a small gas kiln, and fired up to 1200 to 1400 degrees F. It is then withdrawn from the kiln with a pair of long tongs and placed in a metal container that has shredded paper. The container is closed and the piece is allowed to smoke for several minutes, absorbing the carbon to produce the black areas in the clay. Most all of the work here is for sale and I will ship to any location for additional shipping charges. Please feel free to contact me about individual pieces and pricing and thanks for looking!   Check out my Etsy Store here to purchase any work you just can’t live without.   Share

Even though the video isn’t sharp, you can still get an idea of the post-firng. The piece is just out of the smoking and still very warm.

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