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Raku 1 by taintedbrush Raku 1 by taintedbrush
This is a hand-built bottle (not thrown on the wheel) that has been raku fired. About 1 foot tall. One of the very few hand-built projects I have made (I don't have much patience for anything but the wheel). Once leather-hard, I used a loop tool to gouge texture into the piece.

For those who don't know what raku is, it is a firing technique in which the pot is removed from the kiln while red hot and placed into a garbage can filled with newspaper. The can immediately bursts into flames and the lid is put on to remove oxygen. The flames create very cool colors and effects in the glaze.

Thanks for looking! :)
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Zanadoo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
C: this is really cool! What are you going to put in it?
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taintedbrush Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Thank you! :) Can't put anything in it because of the firing technique and lead-based glazes. So it's just decorative :D
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Zanadoo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Oooh ok I gotcha.
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simplelines Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Awesome design! Cool effect of this technique.
I like the old world rustic feel to it. :wow:
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taintedbrush Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Many thanks :) Me too, I like rustic pottery! :D
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simplelines Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
So very welcome :D There's something very earthy and
appealing about rustic pottery :D
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NikkaBrooks-Cullum Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
This is my favorite of the three Raku you just added. It is a very unique piece. It seems very old/rustic. I collect bottles and can recall the tedium of my own hand built ceramic pieces, so I am partial to this one. The bit we did of Raku in my ceramics class was disappointing. My teacher used a home built trashcan kiln that ran on propane. It ran out of fuel when one of my pots was in it... it looked so horrid I threw it away. The class was over all very fun though. I can't wait to take another class.
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taintedbrush Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Many thanks :) :)

Yeah our Raku kiln is homemade of bricks and runs on propane. That sucks that it ran out of fuel while your pot was in it! That's terrible! You'd really like the class at CGCC, run by Al Pace. He's a very good teacher.
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NikkaBrooks-Cullum Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
I hope to take it sometime after they finish the new wing at CGCC. it will have a ceramics studio... I already warned my mom that She will likely be getting a bunch more horrendous pieces that she will have to explain to her guests... She has a B&B and they are (supposedly) always asking about the old ones she has... lol See you in class.
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