If the Beginning Raku clip from a couple of weeks ago whet your appetite for raku firing, today’s clip will really make your stomach growl. Gordon Hutchens returns today demonstrating a slip-resist decorating technique.
Sometimes called naked raku (but this video is G-rated) or peel-away slip, the technique involves painting clay slip onto bisqueware and then raku firing. The slip cracks as it dries and the smoke penetrates the cracks during post-firing reduction. Then the slip is “peeled” or scraped off leaving a beautiful cracked pattern. In addition to the video, I have also posted more instruction on naked raku and a peel-away slip recipe below. -Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
This clip was excerpted from Variations on Raku with Gordon Hutchens,
which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.