Friday, August 27, 2010

NAKED RAKU.


NAKED RAKU is somewhat complicated: a resist slip is used to prevent the glaze layer from adhering permanently to the surface of a burnished pot. After firing and smoking, the glaze is removed along with the resist slip, revealing a subtle patterning where the smoke has partially penetrated through the crackled glaze to the (naked) raku-fired clay surface.
Here is the result of the first NAKED RAKU firing, this time I only did two pieces just to get the feel of it and to be sure it worked o.k., not totally happy with the result so far, but at least I can adjust for the next firing in 2 weeks time. Not that the outcome will be exactly as predicted, there is always a hint of surprise.

5 comments:

Fiona Dempster said...

Mieke these are awesomely beautiful. The first one is just so calming and restful. It really makes me go soft and gentle just looking at it.

Noela Mills said...

Mieke, these are really beautiful. Keep up the good work xoxoxox

Barry said...

M - irrespective of how you think these have turned out I agree with F and N that they look great - well done. B

jfc.vanloon said...

Beautiful, schitterend, tis schôn wa ge gemokt het.

Velma said...

i just happened by from fiona's blog...and saw these raku pieces. very fine. lovely marks.