Some crafty friends and I got together this past weekend to take a Raku Ceramics class at the Indianapolis Art Center. It was super interesting and makes me want to take more art classes at the IAC! Raku is a type of glaze that finishes faster than most ceramics. There are 4 kinds of glazes that we could use and I was really interested to see how the white crackle would look so I was boring and did the whole outside of my piece in that glaze only. After applying the glaze, our instructor painstakingly arranged all of our pieces in the small barrel Raku kiln.
Since there were a lot of folks signed up the pieces were very close together so some of the other glazes made it onto my piece but that definitely gives it some more visual interest! After the pieces were finished firing, they each get placed into their own small trash bin filled with sawdust and newspaper with giant tongs. Sitting in these bins is what causes the areas that aren’t glazed to turn black (hence the black cracks in the white crackle glaze).
And here is my finished white crackle piece! Now I just need to find a cute succulent or houseplant to add to this little Raku planter.