Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I have added a new form of raku to my spring collection called naked raku. This technique is unique because after the pot is made, while it is semi-dry (leather hard) I pollished it using old nylon hose and plastic grocery bags, spoons or smooth rocks. Sounds strange but what is accomplished is the clay particles are compressed from the rubbing and as the particles move closer together, the clay begins to take on a shine. The technique is called burnishing and takes patience and time to develop the shine.
After the burnishing is complete, the pot is dried, bisqued and then rakued in a traditional raku kiln. No glaze is added so the pot absorbs the smoke and the result is a pot with the soft black shine of naked raku.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Spring is the time to start thinking of letting the sunshine in and what could be a better place to reflect that sunshine than a piece of my raku.
Updating a space can be as easy as changing or adding art work.

Schedule for March and April

Schedule for March and April

March 4,5,6. . . . . Columbia, SC - Craftsmen Classic, State Fairgrounds

March 18,19,20. . Fairhope, Al - Art Festival

March25,26,27 . . Chantilly Va - Craftsmen Classic, Dulles Expo Center

April 8,9,10 . . . . . . Greensboro, NC - Craftsmen Classic, Coliseum

May 1 .. . . . . . . . . . . Williamsburg, Va - Art on the Square