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!