Country Squire Pottery Banner

You are currently browsing the archives for April, 2011.

Large Raku Crackle Vase

Large Raku Crackle Vase

This vase is made with the crackle technique and then fired in the raku kiln.  The clay on the surface has a crackled appearance from stretching the clay out to round the form.  It is finished with a transparent glaze that also crackles and is accentuated by the smoke from the post firing process.  A ferric chloride spray also adds some richness and depth to the glaze.

Add a comment

Sunflowers Mural

Sunflowers Mural

All the pieces in this mural were Raku fired individually.  It is quick, hot work, but I love the shimmery effect I get with the glaze on the river.  The sunflowers look like they are stretching toward the sun.  After gluing the pieces in place, it is grouted… just the same as you would any tile work.  This landscape mural is mounted and ready for hanging or setting on an easel.

Add a comment

Mountain View Mural

Mountain View Mural

All the pieces in this mural were fired individually, about 80 pieces in all.  It is tedious work, but I love the “arts and crafts” look I’ve attained with this mural.  The color palette is in the mission style.  After gluing the pieces in place, it is grouted… just the same as you would any tile work.  This landscape mural is mounted and ready for hanging or setting on an easel.

Add a comment

Woven Basket Bowl

Woven Basket Bowl

This hand built basket has a wood grained texture.  It is ready to hold fruit, breads, or just grace your table as a centerpiece.  Made from stoneware, it is both food and dishwasher safe.

Add a comment

Functional Ware

Whether created by hand building or throwing on the potter’s wheel as the name implies, something that is functional is meant to be used.

Much thought is put into each piece, to embrace both form and function, in the hope that the user will connect with the ware beyond its intended purpose.

Add a comment

About Raku

Raku is a pottery technique that has it’s origins in 16th century Japan.  The raku technique primarily revolves around it’s firing process although involvement with raku often goes much deeper into its philosophy, roots, and cultural significance. Raku pottery is created with a specific ceramic firing process that uses both fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. With raku pottery, the piece is first bisque fired. Then, it is glazed and undergoes a raku firing process. The raku firing process requires a special raku kiln that is fueled by propane and reaches temperatures of about 1800°F.

 

In order to complete the firing process, the raku pottery must remain in the kiln for approximately 20-30 minutes. The raku pottery is then removed from the kiln using specially designed raku tongs. While the raku pottery piece is still hot and glowing, it is placed inside a metal can full of combustible materials. The heat emitted from the raku pottery causes these materials to catch on fire.  After the materials inside the metal can catch on fire, a lid is placed over the can and the raku pottery is sealed inside. This process is known as “post-firing reduction” as the fire in the can removes the oxygen from the atmosphere inside the can.  This causes the glazes to change color and creates the unique patterns.

 

The raku pottery is capable of withstanding the quick changes in temperature because it is made from a special type of clay that contains extra amounts of grog (bits of fired clay). Traditional pottery clays, on the other hand, would crack from the thermal shock that raku pottery undergoes.  With very few exceptions, all raku fired ware is fragile, porous, and generally unsuitable for functional use. Unless such fragile ware is treated post-firing with a non-glaze material, (like Thompson’s water seal in the vases)  the pots will sweat water and eventually breakdown. Treat raku as decorative. The occasional use of raku in a functional setting is fine but keep in mind that the glaze is soft and can be easily chipped and end up being ingested. Also, the crackle surfaces can hide bacteria.  You may use your pots for food but limit the use to dry food…chips, crackers or a fruit bowl!

Add a comment

Raku 2

Raku 2

More info on Raku.

Add a comment

Landscape Horsehair Pot

Landscape Horsehair Pot

Horsehair raku pot with two colors of terra sig, burnished to a shine.

Add a comment

Birthday Party Special

Book a birthday party before March 28, 2011 and can take case of the limited offer of getting 2 additional party celebrators for free. Book a party of 8 people or more in order to be eligible for this special.

Add a comment

css.php