Raku fired egg with coloured slips and resist design. The egg is cast in a mould from porcelain. When it is leather hard we apply several layers of terra sigillata which has been coloured with oxides. When dry the piece is burnished to get a glossy surface and bisque fired to 850°c. After firing, the birds are cut as paper stencils and applied to the surface of the egg. A layer of resist slip and glaze is applied. The egg is placed in the kiln and raku fired to 825°c. It is lifted from the kiln when molten and placed in a reduction bin filled with paper and wood chips. A lid is put on allowing the carbon to be trapped by the clay body. When the piece is removed from the reduction bin a light spray of water is applied and the glaze falls off easily revealing the unique crackle and flying birds.
Unique one off piece. Size: H 20cm x H16cm
Care of Raku Pottery : Wipe gently with a damp cloth. Due to the low firing process raku ceramics are not shock-resistant nor waterproof or frost proof so suitable for indoor decorative use only.