Learning is not fast or easy and a short cut through all the ‘mistakes’ takes a little help from a teacher. Its not magic its private lessons or small group studio studies. Painting takes a lot of technique and color mixing, its not hard just takes time to develop a skill level of handling materials. The right kind of brushes, paints, source material. As the basics of a art medium become clear through instruction and practice so does self confidence and the ability to step out, with out a teacher and make art!
I am happy and proud to introduce my updated Etsy shop with all my new RAKU works for sale prices and shipping, its so easy. I’ve had some sales to New York and the mid west, so maybe the digital market place is okay. The link is in the categories.
So… just a note to let all the clay fans know Im still alive and not kicking, its freezing out there.
I hope the New Year brings health, wealth and lots luck to everyone that ‘came as they were and left changed.
When I look out the windows of my old house, I see my trees, just standing there, well, actually they has gotten big over the 30 years I lived in this house. I surrounded my house with trees long ago for shade, how they endured! My little girls long gone from under and in them, I find, a comfort in their forms, textures, shapes and shades and how the sunlight changes them hourly. Then something fantastic happens inspiration rides my waves of working on a tree and I arise from the dead, once again.
I am so happy to bring to my clients..RAKU! What is RAKU?…..
Raku is a special effects glazing fire, that includes a reduction post firing process… oh, there’s more, lots more and the technical side is interesting… I would like to talk about the creative application for you my artists. As on this star, the velvety blacks and the silky whites truly a design delight. The silky white develops cracks that fill with carbon and become a visual feast! This star was cast from Porcelain slip and Rhodes White (dry glaze, mixed for each project) was applied where the white is, the black swirls were left naked and carbon from the RAKU gave the star its velvety black.
When the special Fiber Kiln reaches temperature, easy up the walls and with tongs I reach in for the urn. Its hot and I need to carry it over to the canister. Usually I have one canister for every piece in the kiln.
Inside the canister I have flammable newspaper balls, thats where the beautiful blacks come from, carbon. After the paper starts burning, the top is placed on the can, Reduction of oxygen, volcanic changes with in the mineral based glazes,oxides, metallics, Gold, silver, copper… Pure magic folks!
Come as you are,
leave different than you were.