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Raku Kitty

A slide show of a recent dry raku workshop is coming soon. In the meantime, I thought you might find these photos amusing. Our cat, Rosie, has taken to a shallow bowl I fired that day. She doesn’t look happy about having her photo taken here, but she adores that bowl. Whether it’s on the floor, couch or table, she’s in it. No chance to use it for anything else, as she has fully appropriated it! Dan Severance’s dry raku workshop was grand and I’m glad I fired more pieces, as I need something to show for it, something I can call my own. 🙂

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Rosie in her bowl.

 

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Rosie sleeping; Hudson Bay blanket backdrop.

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November 13, 2013 · 7:03 pm

Raku workshop this weekend

Horsehair Vase Judge's Special Award Mashiko 2006 Swanica Ligtenberg

Horsehair Vase Judge’s Special Award Mashiko 2006 Swanica Ligtenberg.
“Horsehair Raku Technique: taking out of the kiln at 1350F and putting horsehair on the pot which burns into it. Putting the pot on a tissue will give smoke effects on the pot. The yellowish color is from spraying ferric chloride on the put while it is hot.”
By Swanica via Wikimedia Commons

You know how you feel when something exciting is about to happen? Well, I can barely contain myself! I am taking part in a raku workshop this weekend. It is being taught by Dan Severance, of the Port Moody Arts Centre. A pro with much experience, Dan is also fun to be around. He’s perfected his techniques over the years and I know this all-day workshop will be terrific. We’ll be learning special raku techniques using horse hair and feathers, along with ordinary methods. I’ve worked with raku since the early 1980s but have yet to learn these advanced techniques. It’s perfect timing, as I’m going to start concentrating on raku.

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Raku pottery coming out of the kiln. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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A vase glazed and fired using the Western Raku technique, showing the soot, crackle glazing, and random oxidation typical of this pottery form. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

 I like the primitive nature of a raku firing…red hot pieces lifted from a kiln and plunged into organic matter. Crackle glazes and smoky blacks. It makes me reflect on the history of raku, on the Japanese and Koreans artisans who have fired pottery this way for centuries. One reason I’m stoked is because, while I’ve used traditional raku glazes on sculptures and vessels, I’ve yet to use the metallic oxides which result in beautiful coloration and patterns. So think of us this weekend. We’ll be working inside a gorgeous two-storey Arts and Crafts-style building, then firing outside alongside it. We’re enjoying a gorgeous fall here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Perfect for a raku firing: sunny yet crisp.

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ArtWalk, Day 2, Port Moody Arts Centre’s Ceramics Department

Sunday brought warm weather and a festive atmosphere, as the ArtWalk participants shared workspace with the Open Studio crew at the Port Moody Arts Centre. The slideshow includes work by Dan Severance (thrown and handbuilt pieces), a studio member (sculpture), and Gary Ruckman (horse sculptures). Faux tattoo modeled by Sylvia Hardy.

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Port Moody’s Springtime ArtWalk

 ArtsConnect’s 13th annual ArtWalk

  Opening Reception
Friday, April 20
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Old Mill Boathouse
2715 Esplanade, Rocky Point
Port Moody, British Columbia

 

Also featuring 

Pottery by Dan Severance
and
Artisan Tiles and Jewelry by Jan Pavlic

at the

Port Moody Arts Centre
Saturday, April 21-Sunday, April 22

noon to 5:00 p.m.
Ceramics Department (downstairs)
2425 St. Johns Street
Port Moody, British Columbia

 

 


 

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