Most of the Raku was done in a "traditional" way with the fired objects placed into metal cans. Most of my smaller pieces were done this way. As a few of mine were a bit longer and very flat, we experimented with placing them within a pile of newspaper with enough bulk material (mostly paper) to mostly smother it and then let it cool enough to remove. I did remove one too early and with the added oxygen in the air, the newspaper pile caught fire. Placing the piece face down on shredded paper produced a piece very similar to the can versions. Looser contact within the newspaper produced the piece with the whiter edges. Placing it on ferns (picked, not dried) did produce a few faint secondary patterns within the glaze, but nothing noticeable.
|Raku pieces before firing (gold=Copper Penny, white = White Crackle, blue = Lemon Not, green = Egyptian Blue)|
|Closeup of piece, notice green (better view of Egyptian Blue)|
|Some of the top newspapers already removed.|
|All top newspapers removed. Layers with immediate contact carbonized.|
|Flipped over to see glazed leaf impressions. Then taken, cooled in water and washed.|
|Final pieces. Top right piece has whiter edges and more green from Copper Penny.|