RAKU

Not to late to get on the bandwagon and support the arts in Lake Worth.  Everyone has by now heard about power to give, fund me and the myriad of other way you can support the arts in Lake Worth, be it the book about the cottages or visit one of our galleries or the artist in their stuio and purchase something created by them.

DSCN9578I attended a most interesting evening at the Flamingo Clay studios on 216 s F st.   It was a thank you party for those who were generous in giving to the much needed pottery wheels.

DSCN9566  Raku is a special type of firing which is different from the kiln method as the pots are removed at the maximum temperature.  As you can see it is also done outdoors.  The clay is also different and here is where the artists can select from many different glazes, but each meticulously weight and blended by grams as if they are scientists.  I attempted to follow the procedure to show how they are done from beginning to end. and it is amazing.    DSCN9555The interaction of the artists under close supervision and notice those heavy duty blue temperature gloves.   DSCN9552 it is a unique process.  from the fire they are smoked in sawdust or paper  and of course that is when you finally get to see what you have.   DSCN9562This is the time when the colours change depending how long you want to smoke them.  and naturally this is the most exciting stage of the process.  DSCN9560 Can’t touch but certainly a photo to remember the moment. ItDSCN9583

checking for results of the crackle which is desirable

checking for results of the crackle which is desirable

DSCN9569 DSCN9590 became much more dramatic as the evening approached.  After they come out of the smoking pots they are sprayed down with water which you can see here reveals the luster.     DSCN9598DSCN9606DSCN9611

the large bowl above is now this golden veined precious vessel

the large bowl above is now this golden veined precious vessel

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 Inside there was food and of course ice cream as it is a process and each pc goes in with no more than 3 vessels or figurines and a party like athmosphere prevails.  My astonisment came when I held them as they were far heavier than expeted.  This last photo of the Venus of Willendorf and other godesses looked as if they had come out of an ancient dig.  You too can participate in this co-op studio and take a moment now and go to Power to Give and support the arts here in lake Worth and our ability to share this gift by having enough pottery wheels.  This is the link http://www.power2give.org/palmbeachcounty/Project/Detail…11902556_958519987524121_581717606369479599_n

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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