View Full Version : Fun with clay

05-05-2003, 09:36 AM
Hay gang!

On Wed evening I get out of the house with my Mom and have my girls night out so to speak. We usably got to our local Ceramics place (called Kokopelli arts http://www.kokopelliarts.ca/) We mostly just paint bisque but the more I hang around there the more they like to get me to do other things. Like the tiles I carved. Well now the got me hooked on Raku. (ask if you don't know what it is) Anyway one night they gave me a hunk of clay and said sculpt something for the next Raku session. OK I'm game to try anything at least once. SO here is what I sculpted with the raku clay. All three took just under 2 hours to do. Not ment to be realistic just fast and drity ;)




05-05-2003, 09:46 AM
These look really good! i like the top horse best! :D
What IS Raku???

05-05-2003, 10:16 AM
Raku is a way of firing clay pieces where instead of using a tradional kiln and slow firing it you use a Raku kiln AKA a barrel with a tiger torch. When the glaze starts to "fire" you take it out of the kiln and put it into a garbage can that has shredded papers or dried leaves, and leave it there for about 2-7 min. then there are taken out of the garbage cans and emirsed in water. Putting it in the paper of leaves changed the chemical comp of the glazes creating some funky effects. Here is some of the one's I did at their last Raku firing, and a pic of the kiln:



Clear as mud??

05-05-2003, 11:24 AM
Wow Twyla!

What a cool effect :D. Its fun to try anything at least once..(as long as its legal and no one gets hurt! ;) :angel: ) LOL!

Nice horses what will you do with them when your done? Got a special use in mind?

the kitty reminds me of Fire, did you do his face on purpose? Looks very, very good!

gunna show is them finished I hope?



05-05-2003, 09:04 PM
very cool! :cool:

05-06-2003, 07:36 PM
Hi Twyla :) These are great!
I look forward to seeing them after they have been fired.

05-06-2003, 07:42 PM
Oh Cool!!

I can't wait to see them after you fire them Too!!

Really great stuff!!

Christina:clap: :clap:

06-23-2003, 02:07 PM
Finally got these guys done yesterday they had another Raku firing. It was raining like hell!

anyway here are the horses and cat with their new coats.

First a kinda Palomino.

then a pinto:

and the Kitty:


WIth Raku you just never know what you are going to get. Like the white cratering like that very odd but I like it.


06-23-2003, 02:20 PM
Wow they sure turned out great... it looks like a lot of fun, never done anything with clay since school.


Paul Hopkinson
06-23-2003, 06:02 PM
Wow you have so many talents Twyla! These a beautiful and the colours are great and as you say funky!
Something worth putting on your wall at home! That's a point how do you fix some form of hanger onto the backs?


06-23-2003, 06:03 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:

Way cool, Twyla! Especially love the kitty!