Introduction: Pottery

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These are some various sculptures that I have done. The skull, dog, and pineapple came out of the Kiln yesterday. The skull is Raku, along with the twisted thing and the second to last pot. All the other pieces are salt-fired.

The camera didn't pick up the details of the skull much. :(



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    3 years ago

    So not an instructive...just a brag post?

    These are very amazing! I am amazed at how you got the perfect shape of each individual finger and the hand as a whole! Thanks for sharing!

    these pieces are truly great! are you planning on writing any instructables about it? I would love to see them!

    It's a Raku glaze. The pottery is fired in a small kiln and taken out while it's still red hot. It is then placed into a bin filled with newspaper. You can only get an idea of how the glaze will look, so It's always fun to see the end result. Below are some "test tiles" I did.


    cool! if it was a little smoother I would have thought it was metal. Yeah, unfired glaze is almost clear

    lol some of the colors you're seeing are metals! ...in my exprience with glazes (fairly extensive) i've never seen a glaze that was clear before firing . . .do you remember the name?

    The skull looks great! Did you have any biological inspiration for the "twisted thing"? There's some macromolecules and microscopic structures that I could easily imagine falling within a similar "theme" - microtubules, cellulose, muscle fiber bundles, etc...

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    Put honestly: I was bored and decided to experiment with Raku. As for the microscopic structures, that's a great example of how abstract art can be interpreted many ways. Now, I have to come up with an overly flamboyant name and sell it for millions!

    Oh, and thanks! I am rather proud of that skull. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I looked at a lump of clay and thought this could be a skull.

    There was also a high chance that it wouldn't survive the kiln, due to it's thickness. I would have hated to see all that work in pieces.

    lol isn't that how the best pieces are always made? "hmmm this giant chunk of marble looks like King David!" have you got a deviantart account? I'm sure these would receive a warm reception from those folks!

    I tried making mickey but it ended up looking like a flattened circle.

    I made a pineapple once, but it ended up looking a lot like spongebobs.

    Wow--I clicked thinking I'd see some goofy, ah..stuff. Instead, it's very well conceived, very well executed pieces. The glazes are excellent, too....Well done indeed.

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    Thanks! The best thing about pottery is that you never know how the glaze will turn out in the end. You only have an idea of what it should look like. It's always a surprise when it comes out of the kiln. :)

    Sorry for the long delay, I thought I already replied a long time ago.

    Ooh, pineapple! :D These are so awesome looking, you did a great job!

    This is just a slide show not a instructable