Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do...
~Rumi

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Raku Number Two!

I know I said I was going to try to take more photos of the the Raku process, but I was really focused on scraping & sanding my last 2 pots so I could get them in the kiln before our semester ended- so I missed the photo-op! Out of the four pieces that were Raku fired, these were my two favorites. You may remember these- I started them 6 weeks ago! It is such a joy to see them in their finished state! I've taken several pictures of the bear pot from different angles to show all the differences in surface color & pattern made by the firing process.
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Here's my 2nd favorite pot from this firing.



I have to say, I am in love with this process! The first firing we did (from the last post) the pieces came out an iridescent silver/black which I loved, but while these pieces have some of those components, they also retained patterns of the deep orangey brown color seen in the traditionally pit fired pots. I can't decide which process I like better, but I can tell you I will be experimenting more with Raku in the future! 
:)

18 comments:

jan said...

Hi Becky, those are absolutely gorgeous ! Nice work! You are more talented than you think!. And I love your title photo as well...was that up toward Abiquiu or toward the ski basin ? Beautiful shot !

Annie said...

Becky, these are stunning!!!!I agree with Jan you are more talented than you give yourself credit for. Lovely talking to you tonight! xoxo

Rick said...

The colours on/in these are outstanding - I can see why you like this process. Love that top one - really unique !

Have a great week Becky and keep on Raku'ing ;-)

Barb said...

Becky, That Raku firing is just perfect for the bear pot! I've liked that one the best since you first showed it. It came out wonderfully! I bet you're happy with this semester's work.

Barb said...

PS I wanted to tell you that there are gale-force winds here on the coast! No hiking (and for sure no biking) at Point Reyes - way too windy. Couldn't even take a decent photo!

Helmka Family said...

Hi Becky!
I haven't had time to check out your blog because of the move.
So, congrats on first place with your bear!
On the last couple of posts, wow...beautiful, love the colors of the pots!
You are so talented!
TFS!
karen

Randy said...

As always Becky, these are just so beautiful. Turns out my partner knows your friend who opened the gallery on Baca St. They took a pottery class together and he was telling him the other day about the gallery. Have a wonderful week.

Arti said...

Absolutely beautiful... Loved your last post and loved this one too...
Great pics, wonderful colors...
Have a lovely week ahead:)

Jenny Woolf said...

They're gorgeous! Somehow they seem to me to be made out of chocolate! so smooth and poured....
:)

sandy said...

Becky, these are so pretty! The earthy color works so well with the rounded shapes of pots. I don't have a favorite, they are all stunning.

Wanda..... said...

I love these museum quality pieces...at least that's what they look like to me, Becky.

marianne said...

these are beautiful- the pots are very graceful and the variation in color adds another layer of interest. i can't wait to see what else you come up with!

snowwhite said...

I can imagine how exciting it is to open the kiln and see your works! Nobody knows what patterns come out. I love exquisite patterns on both pots. The image of the bear standing firm is so lovely.

Dawn said...

NICE work!!!! I love them both, but the second one is my favorite....a work of art!!!!

Kate said...

You are in love with art!! I love the pieces!!

Matt D said...

Just visiting your blog for the first time. It's very lovely. My wife's hobby for a time was pottery, and I live near Tokonome in Japan which is famous for it's ceramics.

Very beautiful works! I love the deep earth tones.

John Brisson said...

Bear pot is so you!!! Love it.

clairz said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. That bear pot is stunning!