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Raku Glaze

October Raku Pottery Glaze: Shiny Copper Flash

The flashing will vary with each firing. This was fired to 1875F and given medium post-firing reduction using newspaper after pulling from the kiln.

Oct Glaze of the Month

Shiny Copper Flash

%75 Gerstley Borate
      %12.5  Nepheline Syenite
      %12.5  EPK

    Add:
       %8 Copper Carbonate
       %2 Cobalt Carbonate
     

Raku Glaze

September Raku Pottery Glaze: Copper Matt

The flashing will vary with each firing.  Both of these were fired to 1875F and given medium post-firing reduction using newspaper after pulling from the kiln.

Copper Matt

Add

%75 Gerstley Borate
      %12.5  Nepheline Syenite
      %12.5  EPK

    Add:
       %8 Copper Carbonate
       %2 Cobalt Carbonate

  Add:
       %16 Synthetic Bone Ash


     

Raku Glaze

August Raku Pottery Glaze: Emerald Green Copper Flash

The raku glaze of the month is a greenish blue with copper flashes that will vary from firing to firing.

Raku Pottery Glaze of the Month | August

Emerald Green Copper Flash Glaze

Frit 3110:                                  30%
Frit 3124:                                  20%
Gerstley Borate:                       30%
Nepheline Syenite:                   20%
Copper Carbonate:                   5%

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MARCH 20, 2019 |Naples Florida Ikebana Chapter- Guest Potter

Ikebana International Logo

The Naples Ikebana Chapter is one of the larger chapters in the U.S. with about 70+ members.

4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL  34112 | https://www.ikebananaples.com/ 

 
 

Raku Glaze

June Glaze: Forbes Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue is a rich cobalt blue with red streaks in post firing reduction.  Stay tuned for this month's pot which features previous glazes of the month:  Blue Moon, Lime Green and Sassy Fat White/Silver Slither, in addition to this month's Midnight Blue.  

Forbes Midnight Blue Glaze

Frit 3110                          68%
Custer Feldspar                18%
EPK (Kaolin)                      9%
Lithium Carbonate               5%
Copper Carbonate               4%
Cobalt Carbonate                2%
Hectorite                            2% (or Bentonite 1%)

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ASHEVILLE MADE MAGAZINE | It’s A Trial By Fire — And That’s After The Kiln Does Its Work

Raku pottery is an ancient Japanese art form that requires a meticulous process. But the final step is pure chance, and for Steven Forbes-deSoule, that’s the joy. “It’s like being a kid at Christmas,” he says.

Pieces are rapidly heated in a small kiln to the optimal temperature of 1900-2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Then they’re removed and placed in a metal can with newspaper. “The paper catches fire immediately, and, after a few seconds, a lid is placed on the can extinguishing the flames and creating an oxygen-starved environment,” the potter explains. This method produces a variety of effects on the piece, and it’s never the same look twice.

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Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands | July 20-22, 2018

 
Raku Pottery at the Southern Highlands Craft Fair
 

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

71th A N N I V E R S A R Y   |  J U L Y   20 – 22  &  O C T O B E R   19 – 21,  2018

Friday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 pm + Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC
General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free

In its 71st year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.

MORE INFO: https://www.southernhighlandguild.org/shops-and-fairs/craft-fair-of-the-southern-highlands/

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Raku Pottery Workshop | Cowee Pottery School June 16, 2018

Raku Workshop at Cowee Pottery School in Franklin, NC

June 16, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | COST: $50

REGISTER AT: https://www.coweepotteryschool.org/simpl-e-schedule

Learn raku glazing strategies with award winning Steven Forbes-deSoule Students interested in this workshop will need one or two bisque pieces to raku glaze. If you are not a student currently with the Cowee Pottery School you can buy a piece to glaze for the class ($10-15.00 pieces are available)

Create with Clay

Cowee Pottery School is a nonprofit organization located in the historic Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center in the mountains of beautiful Franklin, North Carolina. We are run by a group of dedicated volunteers who specialize in teaching people of all ages the enriching art of pottery.

We offer affordable month long classes, perfect for the beginner or the pro. To see our current class list, click the button below. We keep the pottery studio open frequently throughout the week. Anyone enrolled in one of our classes can join us to practice and perfect their pottery skills during open studio at no extra charge. Day and times of open studio are listed. 

OUR CLASSES

Cowee Pottery School is here to serve those who have always wanted to get their hands muddy and create pottery, to play in clay. Which is why we're excited to host a range of pottery classes for the community. Difficulty level ranges from introductory to experienced, however most all classes will have a beginner aspect to them. And of course, all classes cater to the curious.

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April Glaze : Lime Green Crackle

Lime Green Crackle glaze is fired to 1900 degrees F, pulled from the kiln and reduced in a small can with newspaper.

RAKU POTTERY GLAZE RECIPE

Frit 3110                  58%
Frit 3269                  10
Nepheline Syenite:   22
EPK (Kaolin)             5
Silica                        5
Add:
Chrome Oxide          .4 (point 4)
Tin Oxide                  3
Hectorite                   2  or Bentonite  1%

This month's glaze is a revision of my March Glaze called Lime Green Crackle. Stay tuned for a silver glaze recipe next month!

This glaze is fired to 1900 degrees F, pulled from the kiln and reduced in a small can with newspaper.  Lid is put on immediately. Wait about 2 1/2 minutes and remove the lid.  Rub the top of pot with torn newspaper using gloves.  Once paper ignites cover can again immediately and let cool (you may have to use a torch to reignite the paper).  

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March Glaze: Forbes Lime Green

As shown fired to 2000F with pyrometer so the silver glaze will melt.

RAKU POTTERY GLAZE RECIPE

Frit 3110                     54%
Nepheline Syenite    21%
EPK (Kaolin)               10%
Silica                           10%
Lithium Carbonate     5%
Add:
Chrome                       .4% (that's point 4)
Tin                               3%
Hectorite                     2%  (or 1 Bentonite dry mixed)

A note about Hectorite:  It's a suspender in powder form similar to Bentonite except it doesn't have to be dry mixed with the other chemicals.  It's not a common raku pottery glaze chemical and you may have to search for it on the web. I purchased mine at Highwater Clays, but they don't carry it anymore due to lack of demand (nobody knew what it was used for).

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February Glaze: Blue Moon

Glaze fired to 1900F.

RAKU POTTERY GLAZE RECIPE

Silica                             30%
Frit 3134                        20%
Nepheline Syenite        15%     
Lithium Carbonate.       15%
EPK Kaolin                     10%
Strontium Carbonate    10%
Tin Oxide                        7%
Copper Carbonate         4%
Bentonite                         1%

 

 

 

This is a stable blue and red glaze.  1/2% Epsom Salts can be substituted for Bentonite.  This glaze produces some incredible raku pottery and is one that I developed several years ago.  This picture is the results of the raku glaze fired to 1900F. It remains a staple in my studio.  See more of my work by visiting my raku pottery store.  To learn more about my process, visit my raku firing page.

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Write up from Venice Clay Artists

"Gazing at the free form patterns and natural colours of a raku pottery finish is like looking at the colourful atmosphere of a mysterious world. Steven Forbes deSoule raku pieces are no exception and present exotic vistas that invite wonderful intrigue. He introduces more green and blue hues, in addition to the typical earthy reds and orange raku colours, in the reduction process to enhance the colour diversity. He uses the raku standard of a steel rubbish bin for a reduction chamber, which I always view as a fantastic irony, relative to the glorious outcomes from raku firing.
Steven Forbes deSoule has been a successful raku pottery artist for over 37 years, creating unique, hand made vessels and sculptures, while finding endless ways to manipulate the oxygen, gases and glazes during the raku reduction technique, to achieve a myriad of attractive outcomes. His intricate firing process and use of his own glazes and underglazes, with multiple firings, leads to ‘one of a kind pieces’ displaying beautiful enriched colours and textures. “The one constant with my work throughout the years has been transformation. I find it fun and challenging to try new things, and I especially enjoy developing new glazes. I started firing exclusively using the raku process in 1982 and found the element of serendipity and surprise to be invigorating.”"

http://www.veniceclayartists.com/steven-forbes-desoule-raku-with-lush-hues/