You might remember earlier this year, that the Art Center I am involved with had a fundraiser. For my part of giving, I auctioned off some jewelry pieces. Another Board Member (and ceramic instructor there) - Dallas Shoesmith - decided to have a Raku party at his home this summer. People who wanted to participate would donate a certain amount to the Art Center, and then at his party you would watch the Raku firing process and get to select a vessel to take home with you. It has been many months leading up to the party, which finally happened last night! It was so much fun!
Dal, and his wife Carol, have the most beautiful gardens. They had wonderful food and wine for the group to enjoy while we waited during the different intervals of the firing process. Dal is most known for the figures you see here in one area of his garden. The little pots they are holding are oil burning candles!
Gorgeous copper fountain.....
Dal fired a total of 8 pots while we were there, and here are the first trash bins ready for their pots. The trash bins are filled with shredded newspaper and lighter fluid. When the glowing red pot gets put into the bin, it catches fire. And at just the right moment, Dal knows when to put the lid on.
So cool.... I could sit and watch this all day long!
The first pot, now coming out of the trash bin. Look at those colors! Dal creates/mixes his own glazes, but the Raku process is very unknown - meaning, it's always a surprise to see what comes out!
The one he has in his hands right now, is the one I ended up choosing.
A little bit of water to really bring out the details.
And now for the second batch.
Dal formed all of the pots by hand, and I would describe his look as very rustic. Everyone in the group had a hard time choosing their pots, since each one is so different and beautiful. He did a lot of work on the inside too - reminds me of coral. It is so hard to capture how truly beautiful the colors are on camera - the pictures do not do it justice. This was so much fun, and the Art Center is truly blessed to have Dal as an instructor and Board Member.