Whenever Lori gets dangerously close to feeling comfortable with a pottery technique, she switches to something new to learn. The latest experiments are with sgraffito, a technique where you scratch through a layer of one color to reveal another.
Among the wares emerging from the latest kiln firing are these four demitasse (“half cup”) cups and saucers. They’re about 4 oz. capacity, just the right size for espresso or Turkish coffee.
A little fun using a flashlight to light some bisqued pottery…
A full set of dinnerware place settings is in progress, a present for Michael and Kali.
Stoneware coffee mugs wait for glazing.
When trying different glazes and techniques in pottery, things don’t always work out as intended. Sometimes you get disasters; sometimes you get happy accidents.
Or maybe this was intentional. Yeah, that’s it: it was intentional!
This plate, from the most recent glaze firing, is an exploration of a curvier more organic design in the pattern and glazes.
A drying rack (the dining table) is covered with bisqueware pieces that have been previously thrown, church-keyed, bisque-fired, and treated with red iron oxide stain to accentuate the patterns. Next step is masking with liquid latex, glazing, and finally glaze firing.
It’s been about 2 years since the last raku session so this was overdue. Perfect weather, recent retirement, and renewed enthusiasm conspired to make a firing all but inevitable. Results were encouraging and, as always, new things were learned about this tricky and unpredictable technique. Thank you kiln gods!