Sunday, September 16, 2012

This year's attempt at raku.

Preface:  I had fun.  That's the whole point.  Okay, moving on...

This bowl would have been really great had I stopped at the dark blue.  I had mixed a lovely copper and deep blue together, but then I saw a bottle of 'azure blue'.  See, I thought azure blue was a deep midnight sky color.  I was SO wrong.  HAH!

The colors of this are beautiful except for that spattery whitish blue.  Seriously, I thought that was going to turn a deep blue.  Waaaaah.  Oh well.

Hahahaha!  Okay, I go between loving this and being terrified of it.  Right here, it looks like a big beef tongue (but blue).  It's just a big chunk of clay with a very interesting dragon, or worm...not sure which, but I thought it might be cool.  Well...Honestly, I'm going to put it out in the garden.  Maybe it will scare away some of the banana slugs.

xoxo Juliette


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  1. Oh man... I love to do ceramics. I'm so jealous! It's been forever since I had my hands on a wheel. I think your bowl looks great. Did you throw it? And while the dark blue might not have been what you wanted, it still turned out nice.

    And I like the garden art. :)

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    1. Lela, you are so kind! I am enjoying my pieces, I should say that, but it makes me want to try more, and not just once a year at the big 'party'. Let's just say, with the bowl - I had some help. But the glaze? That was all me, baby. Hah!!

      xoxo Juliette

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  2. Yeah, just to get your hands on some clay and make something. Yeah I wouldn't think of that as azure either. Beef tongue..ha! Hardly.

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    1. I found out that one of the guys there, Travis, has a drop-in studio time from 10-4, Monday through Thursday. I'm going to drop in. Definitely! He's a genius with clay, so maybe he can teach me a thing or two.

      Kimberly, thanks for your comments, especially about the blue beef tongue. :) You are a master of color, and I'm not a master of glazes.

      xoxo Juliette

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  3. Juliette, you're too funny. Bowl and tongue look good to me. You might appreciate this tidbit...In quilting there's a saying when something doesn't turn out as expected. It's called "a humility square" which has an oftentimes intentional mistake. Saying goes, because only God can make something perfect. I have many humility components in my work, but in yours, I'm not seeing it.

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    1. I love that saying, thanks for telling me.

      Honestly, laughing at myself in public is a good thing. When things turn out differently from what I expect, it's good to question myself about what it exactly what I was expecting, and how things really work out - learning? Yes. NOT lowering expectations, but learning to look more, and from different angles.

      Oh, and my husband actually things the glazes are beautiful, and that the tongue is pretty fantastic. After looking at it a bit more, I might paint some of the 'tongue' red, though - the dragon bit.

      I appreciate you a lot.

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  4. I really like the spattery effect, much more interesting.

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  5. Thank you!! So here's a question for you - I clearly can't use the bowl for some sort of purpose - would you display it as is, or do something else with it? I'm all for displaying bowls, but have been into the 'making/buying pottery for using it' intention, which is why this pot was a bit disappointing.

    But definitely, I understand that you can't use a raku-fired pot for use.

    Thank you. xoxo Juliette

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