RAKU 2016 ( our tenth year ).

This year’s Raku firing was our tenth year, we lost count of the number,we had some years more than one.IMG_0671

The weather changed the day before the firing from 24 plus to 15-16 so quite a drop,but it was dry.


We had two new glazes, Heavenly white and Turqmanistan along with all the other glazes they had to be remixed and sieved quite a task, but worth the effort.



We had a few explosions,  my pots obviously didn’t have enough grog in them to stand the shock horror of being rapidly warmed up.Only mine exploded sadly it was the ones made for guests to glaze and fire.

There wern’t  so many combatants this year so it was a little less manic. I had invited Lis Watkins along to sketch the scene quite a hard task with people darting everywhere in and out.I think she did a remarkable job.Raku Master Copy Cropped and Cleaned Small File

The day went oh so quickly, the pizza oven was in full swing and the food was generally gorgeous, thanks to everyone who contributed .


Farewell Raku until next year.


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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