Ellen Silberlicht

Ellen Silberlicht
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rakued....the entire group!

After a long weekend....they have all been fired!
Here are the results......
I underglazed the eye of the bird for a subtle difference.

I underglazed the stripe of the clownfish and the eyes along with the lips for the subtle change. The areas all reduced...but not as dark as the raw clay, giving a little more interest to the overall piece.

The frog was enhanced with majolica glazes. I didn't know how it would come out...but I felt the frog would be too black if I had just fired it. So, I added a touch of color...toes are nectarine, the dots on his back are blue and purple, and his eyes are red with black centers with the swirly branch being lime green...my favorite color...at least one of them.
It worked...the majolica glaze gives it just enough umph!

I was very excited about this lion....when I made it and then seeing it come out of the firing. The teeth were underglazed for a subtle difference and I love how abstract the whole pot is. I think this is one of my favorite pieces.

 I was thinking to make the spots red to go with the pot...and then I thought black on black could be really nice. I really like how it turned out!

Remember the earlier octopus pot that I had said shattered into several pieces but I glued it together and took a photo of it and fixed the cracks in photoshop? Well, this is the real McCoy. It's all in one piece!
 The ram's horns were underglazed for a subtle difference along with his eye. I'm surprised the horns survived the firing...actually, I'm thrilled they all survived! Raku is a process that has a high loss factor. The kiln gods were with me today!
And the last one is the sea turtles with the sting ray. This was fired and then sprayed with ferric which gives it the brown to yellows.

All in all...I think I had a successful weekend!