RAKU DAY 8 th of June

The week before the 8th was lovely and sunny,warm and like summer,Friday was glum as I got it all ready. There were pots for everyone to use and a new large white crackle glaze, my eldest grandchild had made some little things but couldn’t quite grasp the concept of firing,after painting it she wouldn’t let me keep it to fire.

Matilda glazing her stuff

Matilda glazing her stuff

Saturday dawned fresh and sunny,my friend Tony and his long suffering missus,got here from Wakefield Yorkshire, just to spend a day burning pots.

The first firing is the longest as the kiln warms itself up, subsequent firings get quicker as the kiln retains the heat. I was using one of the new burners which was not fast but quiter. There were some stunning glaze effects, someone must have spent a long time praying to the kiln gods.


A good day was had by all ( i think ), I spent all of the following day clearing up but mostly resting. Until the next one………..adieu Raku.P1020449

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About timbartell

I was born in a flat in Lambeth the name of which was, Wedgewood house,China walk estate.I'd forgotten this until recently,it dawned on me the significance of the names after I had become interested in pottery/ceramics.I think of myself as a potter in the most practical sense,making pots for people to use.I have never had any formal training,I took it up when the table tennis class was full.My first flat was in the same road as a pottery centre, Elmwood pottery, the best in London, 18 sessions a week and a real community. I love my craft and bore everyone with it, so am grabbing this chance to bore more people via this blog.There may be the odd interesting item, here's hoping.
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