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April 2008

- Wheel Thrown
- Laguna B-mix
- Carved while leather hard
- Burnished with terra sigilata while bone dry
- Fired in a foil saggar [link] with ferric chloride, horse hair, and sugar.
- No glaze on this piece. The colors are from the fumes and smoke from the ingredients burning inside the foil saggar. The shine is from burnishing/polishing the pot before it was fired the first time.

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I decided to play with texturing and trying to highlight the texture in the saggar firing. It didn't quite work out like I expected it to, but I still like the result and learned some new stuff in the process! :)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful terracotta colors.
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
oh, I didn't see it that way, but you are right...thanks for commenting!
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:iconsuedollin:
suedollin Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my, thats special.
Love the carving and the colour patterns.
A wonderful movement. :D
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
The carving was fun. I was purposely trying to give it movement, so I'm glad to see that came across on the piece.
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:iconbodhisama:
Bodhisama Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
That's a really fantastic peice! Reminds me of waves during a fiery sunset! Very impressive how you've manipulated the markings to follow the texture!
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
That's exactly what I was thinking too. I'm learning more and more how to control the markings in these firings, so I'm starting to experiment now with the carving. Thanks for the comment! :)
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ellisescara Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
red hot gorgeous
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
now that is a fun comment! :) Thank you!
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:iconhybridprocess:
HybridProcess Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Woah, it's like a cats eye and mars mixed together... so wait how did you burnish it so well? What kind of tool wouldn't take tons of hours to make the entire surface shiny?
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
ooh, your right... I see the cats eye! :) I use terra sigilata and polish it with a piece of plastic bag to get the shine. I made sure and got in all of the little divets with my finger while I was polishing it.
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Nice. The colors followed the curvy carvings. (ooh say that 3 times real fast, lol)
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
You have me tongue tied now, LOL!
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:icongreiaprince:
GreiaPrince Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the carvings on this! It gives it so much more depth than if you had just left it flat and crumpled the foil.

You always get the most amazing colours. Kudos <3
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Thank you! The colors were created by where I put the sugar on this one. I tried to keep the foil as smooth as possible, so the foil marks were much less pronounced.
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LaurenBriggs Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
I'm running out of words to express how fabulous I think your work is. I've decided to substitute my attempt at an articulate comment with this: "ooooh prettttyyyyy":)
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
LOL! That works too! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I love hearing what people think of my work.
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:iconotepoti:
otepoti Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
the texture works very well. I love the patterning you made with it
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Thank you! I was relieved that the surface didn't compete too much with the carving.
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:iconroesreader:
roesreader Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
great work! love the colors.
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Thank you!
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:iconexit1874:
exit1874 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
You make me so jealous. One day I hope to have the resources to do what you do. Alas.
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Some day! :)
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:iconexit1874:
exit1874 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
And, I love the texture. My favorite raku pieces are the ones that carried the texture of the reduction materials. I'd love to see you continue this idea!
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failefalcon Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Whoa, it took me a minute to realize that some of what was on the pot was texture. That really brought something to the piece, I think.
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Thank you! I was glad to see that the firing cooperated (somewhat) and hilighted the texture as opposed to competing with it.
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:iconfractalhead:
fractalhead Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
that's fantastic lisa.....i love the eclectic mix of pottery, abstract design and chaos.....you have got it down to a fine art!!
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
my very own fractal pots! :)
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:iconfractalhead:
fractalhead Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
....well, there you go....you are doing it intuitively!!
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eerok1955 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's beautiful!
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Thank you!
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:iconnuintholiel:
nuintholiel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous! :floating:
I have no other thought in my head while looking at this.. :floating:
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Thank you! :)
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