Raku, raku, raku; how I love me some raku. As I say instant gratification or instant disappointment. There were two raku firings last week. One on Wed and one on Sat. Wed didn’t turn out so hot. I guess the kiln didn’t get up to a high enough temp, though the cone melted. Oh well. I refired one piece and put three little piecies in. BLAH…. The flip side was that I was able to refire them on sat.
Saturday we had better results. Usually when Robert does the firings, the results are great even if he takes them out all at once. Maybe this time the pulls were a bit slower (thanks to me and pam for the little pieces) and it cooled the pieces down too much. The firing with Harry was a longer process. We pulled a few pieces at a time. Let the kiln heat back up while being able to see results from the first pull. Pulled again etc. This process took maybe a half hour more but the results were much better. I want to play around with the glazes more. Even though they might all not have the same results, I think I can start to get a feel for each glaze. I’ll then have a better understanding of what look I am going for.
The piece that I refired for the 3rd time came out, eeehhh. I’m thinking of just tossing it or putting it at the $10 sale table. Just not happy with the results. I refired my little dishes and they came out great. One of them is a little tortoishell esque. That one if not my fav but it works. I’m probably going to sell them as a set. I’m just kinda bummed that I didn’t raku more of these. I have some larger ones. It’ll be about 3 months before I can raku again. Might be able to rangle some other Berman peeps to do a firing sooner though,
Haven’t posted an image in awhile so thought I would post one of some from bling week. The lids on the bottom two are stuck. The designs are not what I had imagined but who cares really. I need to get smaller crystals but since this is a only for one week I’m not sweating it.
I thought thy I was going to make up ones that stuck from the first two weeks of jan. I’m not on that page anymore. I figure this whole project is a learning experience for me. Why try to make any up when I’m documenting everything, the good and the bad.
I seem to remember a goal to blog more, I seem to remember writing this line or something of the same tune over and over. I’m just busy and I don’t wanna blog but know I should. Is it really a should though? Anyhoo, I’m back with an update for Feb and March.
I don’t know… it came and went and stuff was made. Not enough as I would like though. I hardly remember what happened in that month. Am I getting old. Need to start drinking memory juice. Themes for mini boxes in feb included:
Handles week: different little handles.
Hearts week: valentines and mushy love shit inspired
Bling week: will be adorned with swarvorski crystals (hopefully this week)
Painted designs (first inspired by eyeshadow kits): different painted designs, 3 used from 2001 designs
The first three series are all glazed. The last series is in the final stages. still need to add another coat of paint to bisque ware.
Almost 3 weeks in and a lot of things have been made. I’m a bit more organized with stuff for ceramics such as logging in my time, having a schedule blah blah blah. The usual boring stuff, but it keeps me on track. I’m up to date on the throwing schedule for mini boxes. I’m at the point that some weeks I won’t be able to add the little decorations so I’m not worried about it. At least they were all thrown that week. I’m getting better at throwing, trimming and glazing these little suckers. The last two batches that came out only 1 got stuck. For trimming I’m down to loosing 1 or 2 only. This week I threw 15 instead of the normal 12 (3 for new challenge but that is another post) and lost 2.
Themes for this month are:
Mushroom Week: Various mushrooms. Their fun to make but I hate eating them. YUCK
Little Monster Week: inspiration from all around but I would say seeing some of Darina’s pieces pushed me over the edge to make them. They have names too!
St Patty’s Week: hmm this wouldn’t be a hard one to guess why.
Ladybug week: different colors and sizes of lady bugs. To keep it simple I’ll just glaze them all in gloss white.
NEW BUSINESS ADVENTURE
The later part of Feb and early Mar, my friend and I have been getting together to set up our own business. Right now we are catering to only one field but hope to branch out once she gets back to town. It’s a lot of work. Lots of sleepless nights but honestly, I would rather be working towards a goal than sitting around the house just watching tv. I do like to watch tv. Just feel that it sucks you in too much sometimes and nothing ends up getting done.I’m pushing myself to learn more about an area that I kinda knew but now just really researching it all. It’s fun though. The dork part of me is coming out and I find myself wanting to learn coding then I probably need to know.
So that kinda wraps it up for what’s going on in my little world. Still feel behind on things but all in all it will work it self out. This week is a fun week. Last classes of the term for Berman. Gotta figure out what to make. Two raku firing. Too bad I don’t have enough bisque. Maybe I can get something by then but probably not. I have a few pieces I would like to do a redo though. Crystalline firing coming out this week. Woo hoo. I love crystalline glazes, I want to experiment a lot. There will be another firing and I’m making pieces now for that firing. Too bad I keep forgetting to grab the ones i mixed up. Next firing I’ll test them to see what happens. Hopefully they won’t turn that baby poo green brown on me with purple blue crystals at the bottom.
Oh, one more thing and probably the best part of this post. I will be sharing a tent at the upcoming Xiem sale with my Ghusband Jason. iHeart Jason. Working on getting things made for that sale. Also kinda venturing back to older designs but updating them a bit. Just happy to be creating….