Friday, December 5, 2008

Raku = Joy


Here's the little guy that survived the 2000 degree heat in my previous post. He now proudly takes his place on the shelf with the other pieces having pulled through the tremendous thermal shock of the raku firing.



Shortly after we last saw him, hot as a burning ember from a woodstove fire, he was transported via long handled tongs to a trash can that had been sitting in the 30 degree night air. Next, he was sprinkled with sawdust that was quickly ignited by the heat emanating from his modeled clay body. After about 30 seconds, down came the lid on the trash can until shortly after dawn the next day. A perfect hour to reveal the magic of raku. You can never predict the results. But the immense joy you feel as you see what is waiting inside that can for you, is nothing short of how a kid feels opening presents on Christmas morning.

4 comments:

Queenie said...

Where oh where do you sell your beautiful pottery? I am very much interested and my fingers are ITCHING to touch it....

Fearless Nester said...

Awww thanks for that. Our only venue is converted space from our home in summer. Exploring adding an Etsy shop link here though. Stay tuned...

Queenie said...

Please make sure I can find you next summer....

Fearless Nester said...

You are most welcome to come by in any season, just use my contact info on the Etsy link and let me know when. Thanks for all your comments. It would be fun to meet you in person. Merry Christmas dear.