A Dance with Fire and Smoke
It was the only way I knew how to do it, the way Marsha does it. And it was perfect. The day finally came when I was going to do a raku firing. I pulled into Magnolia Farm, the home of my friend and art mentor Marsha who owns Back Porch pottery studio. Marsha had the small kiln already pumping full of heat to get to that magical temperature for our pieces inside. I am convinced raku firing is a dance you do with fire and smoke and at the end of the evening when the dance is over, you pray you have a little beauty in your hands to show for all your glorious effort. Each time we dug through the sawdust to find our newly created treasures, we were amazed at the aged beauty before us, unbroken and ready to be revealed.
Here are a few close ups of the pieces made that day.
Unlike most all my other clay work, I added very little texture as the crackle effect of the raku glaze is what you are seeking through this experience and it conceals most all texture.
I use a high fire wire in some of my jewelry pieces that is specially created to withstand the high temperatures of the kiln.
Whatever is not glazed will turn a nice matte black.
Had to add a little bee!
I owe a big thank you to Marsha for making this raku firing experience possible for me. Thank you!!
As I create each jewelry piece by hand, I will list them in my etsy shop Lynndylan Designs. Visit my shop if you wish, as I try to list a few a week. Or if you would be interested to see my creative life expressed on Instagram, find me at @artistholiday. I mostly post pictures of my artwork with my creative writing.
Building this creative life one experience at a time~