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Fire and Ice

It's snowing here at Penland, which is preferable to the rain that's been falling since before I even got here on Saturday but it does make doing raku interesting.

We were not deterred by the weather, we just started with a ferric fuming firing (isn't that fun to say).  Each student in the class put a couple of piece into the firing so we ened up firing both kilns twice.  That's not a big deal because this type of firing goes pretty quickly.  It really only depends on how long it takes the kiln to reach 500 degrees, a short soak then crank it up until it hits around 1400.  Unload and wait for the cooling to happen.

All the pots looked great.  One person's was really thin and we suspect it got a little too hot because of that, but it's still a pretty piece.  We'll make adjustments in kiln placement and such for the next firing with her pieces in it.

Copper Etchant Raku
Ferric Fumed Pot
This is one of mine.  I'm pretty pleased with it.

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  1. That's a beauty. What clay body are you using?

  2. Guess you don't have to worry about getting to hot around the kiln! Beautiful pot, still envious!

  3. hi. im actually a grad student in utah and actually recieved a research grant a year ago to help fund research into metal salt fuming like ferric chloride fuming. randomly this picture popped up on my Pinterest page and i was instantly attracted to the black halos on your piece. recently i have been playing around with a whole slew of chemicals trying to create specific types and colors of halos but have never gotten one so jet-black and definite.
    i know its probably a very long shot but i was wondering if you knew what you used to create those halos or what was touching to pot at that spot. or if you could just remember all the stuff that might have gone into the sagger with the pot that could be very helpful too.
    anyways. it is a very beautiful piece and has some incredibly detailed, wonderful ferric chloride patterns. thank you for your time.
    if youd like to see some of my older work and the things that i do with metal fuming feel free to look at some of the pictures on my blog here:

    thank you :-)

    jason palmer

    1. Hey Jason,
      The black areas are caused by sugar and 1 horse hair. It's simply carbon and it's almost too easy.

      I looked at your blog and I love what you're doing. I'd be very happy to talk to you further about firing with ferric chloride and such. You can use the "contact" link on the top of this page so we can chat off this post.

      I have to admit, at first I thought your comment was spam because you broke just about every rule of grammar I was ever taught. I'm glad my first impression was wrong.


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