As you may have seen on Facebook, this Saturday’s B’Raku event will be Cindy’s last as a Firemistress. It is time to pass the torch and allow others to have the fun of firing and educating folks about the joys of the Raku Process. Cindy is excited to experiment with new formats to share the Raku Experience with more people and in different ways.
BUT FIRST, we must make this the most exciting explosive B’Raku ever! Let’s talk about the glazes we’ll have available….
First, we want to give a big shout out and thank you to our friends at Spectrum Glazes, who provided us with some samples of some of their newest Raku glazes. We are thrilled to be able to offer up their soft springy colors of Orchid Pink & Amethyst, plus the captivating Cassiopeia and Chimera flashing metallic glazes.
Of course, Cindy has also been experimenting with some new recipes. Meet the newest members of the Bracker Glaze family, Cracklin’ Butterscotch and Prairie Fire:
BUT, there’s one more thing…..As you probably know, last month, Kansas City was host to the largest ceramics conference ever. Nearly 6000 attendees of the NCECA conference had their minds expanded and filled with new ideas, and one of those minds was Cindy’s. As the Communications Director for the organization, Cindy works to create electronically accessible reproductions of the conference content. (basically meaning she links audio files to powerpoint presentations….) Over the weekend, Cindy edited the footage from James Watkins’s session and was inspired by his techniques. He shared a recipe for a Terra Sigilatta that can be applied to bisque, so we’re going to mix that up and make it available to participants who might wish to do horsehair, feathers, or play with some layers. We’ll also have tape available for masking surfaces prior to applying the terra sig for a black on black appearance. For more information, you can check out the full presentation below. He starts talking about his decoration technique at around the 24 minute mark. And if you enjoy the decorating process, you can continue on with his firing process in your kiln at home. (We will be adapting his method to our Raku setup.)