Thrown lidded vessel with mica infused terra sigillata and etched drawing. This pot was thrown using a mixture of porcelain and Ashraf Hanna clay, the combination ensures the pot will withstand the thermal shock in the firing process. The base of the lid is thrown and the top is handbuilt. When the pot is leather hard we apply several layers of terra sigillata which has been coloured with mica. When the pot has dried it is burnished to get a glossy surface and when completely dry it is bisque fired to 850°c. After firing, a layer of resist slip and glaze is applied. A design is etched through the glaze and the pot placed in the kiln and raku fired to 825°c. The pot is lifted from the kiln when it is 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 pot is removed from the reduction bin a light spray of water is applied and the glaze falls off easily revealing the clourful design.
Size: H (from top of lid) 27cm W 20cm. This is a one off unique piece.
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.
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