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Michael's Aubergine cane tops
Michael's Aubergine cane topsClay, 2007.
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Michael emailed us about how they are made:
"Well, raku is a Japanese art, nicked and adapted by western
ceramicists in the 1960's. I bisc fire in an electric kiln and then
raku fire in an adapted dustbin fired with butaine gas. For the
raku firing I work outside next to our allotment in the elements
(high winds and rain in this instance) I also always do these
firings at night because I can gauge the firing better in the dark,
and the kids are in bed and out of the way.
All the pieces I have sent to Leeds have a copper oxide glaze on them, apart from a couple which have a copper wash - the glaze on these is very thin and matt when finished. I remove the pieces from the kiln when the glaze melts - approximately very hot - and put in a reducing kiln, (an old biscuit tin half filled with saw dust) sprinkle with saw dust and replace the lid. This reduces the oxygen in the kiln (biscuit tin) and can give the copper effect on some of the pieces. It is not an exact science - particularly with me - so results vary."
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