Raku Firing

Raku Firing

Of all the things I make, a good many of them acquire a crackle finish through Raku firing. How that happens is as follows. I start with the sculpture I want to make. That could be anything, a mask, an urn or a figure. When the initial shape of the work satisfies me, the clay can dry. The parts that need colour will be painted with an under-glaze, which works like water-colour paint for ceramics. Ordinary water-colour paint would burn in the oven, this is ceramic material. Continue reading Raku Firing

Sentiment or Emotion

Ideas flow through my head like waves upon the shore (and if I don’t write them down they will disappear just as fast). At the same time I want the statues I make to stand like the rocks on which the waves are crashing. And that is not easy.

An idea is something fleety and that which defines a statue is in fact just as ethereal. A sculpture should be able to dally, to seduce, to distract. Show both beauty and its reverse. A bit like a human being. A person can be beautiful, kind and cute but also brutal, sly and nasty, all at the same time. Continue reading Sentiment or Emotion