Here are the results......
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.
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!
All in all...I think I had a successful weekend!