mel jacobson on sun 23 dec 07
i have photographed a good example of india ink/sumi ink
painted on a hot plate...just from the kiln.
clayart page/click below...bottom of page.
you will note that the crackle is very large..much like a perfect
raku reduced piece. the key is:
get the pot right from the kiln.
use hot ink. let the ink soak in for a few
hours...then scrub clean when the pot is
at room temperature.
if you soak a pot in tea/coffee or ink....it will fill all
the little cracks as the pot cools.
this is not a fake antique process. it is a real technique
to show large crackle effects. my pots done this way are
clearly marked with my own stamp. i am pretty sure that i used
one of those old sung recipes...in that book about `ancient chinese
there is one that crackles like mad.
i have not done this process for many years.
it was a fun project. i was determined to get the
same affect that i had been getting with white raku/
giant crackle...of course that came from adding the hot
pot into a saw dust pile. the key to that process was
using pure white glaze...and a non-iron bearing raku clay.
any clay body with iron will turn the white glaze pink.
( i do remember using a porcelain body with lots of grog to
get the really deep black.)
i just love white and jet black raku. it just seems right to me.
and, it always seemed interesting that the whiter the clay body, the
blacker it reduced.
Clayart page link: http://www.visi.com/~melpots/clayart.html
Marta Matray on sun 23 dec 07
mel jacobson wrote:
> i just love white and jet black raku. it just seems right to me.
>and, it always seemed interesting that the whiter the clay body, the
>blacker it reduced.
thanks for this xmas present, mel!
next time i fire raku pots i'll get
real jet black and white!!! yeah!
why didnt you tell this sooner :) ???
happy holidays everyone!