Monday, February 23, 2009

Raku results

I'm not so overly happy with the blue stain under glaze that I used on the Geisha goil tile.
During the loading of the tile some of the clear overglaze was flaking off.
I had expected some unevenness but not as much that did occur.
I distilled some blue oil paint and filled in the open areas where the glaze had spalled off.
As soon as the oil paint thoroughly dries I'm going to get some painters wax and brush it over the blue stain so that
I can bring back some luster.

It's always a crap shoot when Raku firing.
Sometimes its crap and sometimes its not.

From Ceramic Studio

From Ceramic Studio


Anonymous said...

I love Raku and your design here but I understand what you're saying about the blue. Makes it look a bit 'messy' - if that's the right word.


Deviant Deziner said...

Yup, I totally agree.
I'm going to try a couple of techniques.
They may or may not save the tile.
At the very least I have a piece to practice some new (to me ) techniques on.

There is always more clay !
and with my current 'lack of work load', I have plenty of time to work on some new clay pieces.

.... I'm trying to see some silver in this very dark and grim cloudy lining.


Ronnie said...

Great blog! I admire your garden designs as well. I added you to my blog list so that I can keep up-to-date!

Fellow Bay Area Garden Blogger(F-BAG Blogger?), Ronnie

Ronnie said...

PS: My blog is

Bill Kisich said...

Funny how an artist sees her/his work. My Aunt has been into ceramics (not sure if that is the correct term) at Berkley for years. She rarely seems happy with the results. The rest of the family all think her work is beautiful.

Similarly, I like your tile DD. I don't know what you had in mind, but I like the color. The fact that it isn't even doesn't detract from the rest of the work at all from where I sit.

Deviant Deziner said...

Ronnie that's for stopping in and leaving your blog info.
I look forward to checking your blog out.
I think us ceramic artist's have it a little tougher than some of the other arts.
You can mix up the exact same recipe for glaze, apply it the exact same way, fire it to the exact same temperature and still come out with a different look or effect when you pull it out of the kiln.
It always seems like a crap shoot to me.

Appreciate your comments and story.

Looking forward to spring !

Alice Joyce said...

A friend who visited my blog just told me she linked to yours, and was impressed with the raku work from COM. I didn't know who she was talking about - had no clue you worked in clay, which is my background ...from another lifetime. Very cool to see what you're up to apart from garden design. I'm still eating off the dinnerware I made in the early 80s. Raku was my first love when I began making sculpture.