This week was filled with refiring a bunch of marginal pots and raku-ing my little wood-fired raku kiln to make raku totems! Hear about other potters’ adventures at Mud Colony!
I made the decision to refire some pots from the last firing.
It was either toss them and take a hammer to them or give it a go and see what the results were. It’s a big exercise in futility if nothing looks better, but because my last firing didn’t reach temperature, I was pretty sure that I would be happy with SOME of the results and that was good enough for me!
The process was:
- Select pieces that could benefit from a refire.
- Make a thin solution of CMC and water-paintable.
- Coat the pieces with CMC where you want to add new glaze.
- Add new glaze to the CMC’d pots by dipping, spraying, trailing or simply painting.
- Fire as usual!
In general, I was quite happy with the results. The ones that STILL look ugly to me, will either go in the Seconds box or I will destroy them with the same glee that went into making them! Sad, but true!
I’ve tried refiring before-here’s the post about that.
Wood-fired Raku Kiln:
I haven’t fired my little wood-fired raku kiln much-just lazy I suppose! Here’s the previous post on building it!
So put it to the test and fired lots of little pieces for a totem. Some came out good-others bad, but I did construct a totem!
Ronnie decided I needed a proper raku shed (code: Get your raku stuff out of my barn!). So he took the tractor and cleaned out an area and took the junk out of an old ramshackled silo! So now I have a raku shed outside the barn, but still under cover. It is a bit messy, smoky, and trashy! But is it worth it? Oh Yeah!
Here’s some pics of the finished totem and one that is a work in progress. Just a bit of fun to test out my raku glazes and the little kiln!
I also did a bit of throwing, slabbing, and making of test tiles.
Truly Southurst posted this on facebook and I LOVE it! Something to remember as the week goes by!
And, of course, cutey Samantha was there by my side! My pottery buddy!