Wednesday, November 9, 2011
If I ever want to fire my raku kiln I realized I needed to get some things made so they can dry so I can bisque them so I can fire them. So I've gone off on a small making detour. Remember that soap dish, look at the nice nubs it makes.
I made these tall cylinders with texture then I wondered if textured pieces would be ok in a raku firing. Seems like I've always seen smooth pieces. Then I happened to venture to Michele's blog and saw she's been making some textured tiles for raku. So I thought the ones I have made may be ok to fire in raku. Wonder how Michele picks up a flat piece in a raku kiln? Maybe it hangs off a shelf slightly to make it easier to grab with tongs?
Not sure I could pick this up with tongs in a raku kiln but I'll see. Might as well push the envelope a little. Meanwhile two women will be coming here for some studio time. One worked in clay ten years ago and also did raku in Japan; the other woman was a ceramics teacher for twenty five years. Bet I can glean some clay tips from them; they said they've already gleaned some from me. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.