This is a five piece ceramic art work featuring a multi-colored silhouette of a bear on a back background surrounded by four separate tiles highlighting bear paw prints on a multi-colored copper glazed background.
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Each piece was fired in a low-fire kiln using the western raku firing technique. As a result of the raku firing and the copper glazes used on this piece, it is a darker piece that comes to life as shown in the photos when displayed with the appropriate lighting.
This work is hand-made and personally signed making it a truly unique one-of-a-kind piece of art.
It is entirely ceramic and weighs approximately 15 pounds and comes with a sawtooth hanger attached to each tile. A template is included for properly hanging the art work.
The western Raku firing technique involves removing the hot piece from the kiln when it reaches approximately 1850 degrees and placing it in a reduction container with various flammable materials. After the hot ceramic ignites the materials a lid is placed on the container and the fire’s oxygen source is cut off resulting in one-of-kind reactions by the various glazes and a smoking effect on any unglazed portions of the piece. After all this the piece is washed and sometimes treated with a black ink wash. I often use a wax and/or tape resist method for applying design details and a combination of special raku and traditional low-fire glazes in my work.
Raku is a rough and tumble method of firing. Each piece that comes through the process is a survivor, having been subjected to extreme rapid temperature changes as well as the smoke and fire of the reduction bin, it has developed its own singular character and uniqueness. Any marks, cracks or other “imperfections” that have developed are considered to only add to the individualism of the piece and the story it tells. was fired in a low-fire kiln and then had a black ink wash applied to bring out the depth and texture of It is entirely hand-made and is personally signed making it a unique, one-of-a-kind art piece.
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