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Investigations into the Crater......

Lava, Crater and Froth Glazes
Investigating unknown territory!

As  you probably are aware by now- this is a blog all about my Raku work. Well, a long time ago -when starting out at Uni,  I first began my work in clay using  stoneware electric kiln firing. This was way before "getting the bug" for Raku in my final year.

I've dabbled a bit with lava glaze effects in the  Raku kiln more recently, and that went fairly well- so I've been doing a spot of research into higher temperature firing with lava glazes and slips.

No harm in that I thought. About 30 glaze tests later and umpteen fired test bowls, it's been "Interesting" to say the least. I quite like the fact that the results are so tactile and yes just like Raku- so unpredictable. The silicon carbide in the glaze and slip- also add a slight element of Reduction-very subtly -albeit nothing like working with Raku. Some of the crater glazes produce huge bubbles which can be rubbed down with a pestle to produce a dry crater surface. All very exciting and at this stage I'm still very much a beginner. But I am beginning to see a future in working with these exciting and unpredictable surfaces- I may just have got the "bug" all over again....
Recent lava glaze tests- between 1235 and 1260 c in an electric kiln
(Silicon carbide slip under white/turquoise silicon carbide glaze.)

Thanks to experienced Potters-Jan Lewin-Cadogan, Dameon Lynn and Norman Yap for their "Facebook" support, advice and encouragement!


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