Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter

Obvara fired, stoneware eggs.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Some Pieces From Obvara Firing at Raku Rendezvous

Here are some of the Obvara fired pieces from Raku Rendezvous last Saturday

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Obvara Firing at Raku Rendezvous in Ardmore, Ok.

Pieces fired at Raku Rendezvous Ardmore, Ok.

Bisqued and ready to fire.

Obvara fired.

Obvara firing at Raku Rendezvous in Ardmore, Ok.
Obvara is an old eastern european technique involving scalding the finish on the pottery to seal the porous surface. The bisqued piece is heated to 1500 to 1650 F., removed from the kiln and dunked into the Obvara mixture and then dunked in water to rapidly cool the piece. The pieces range from tan to almost black with speckles. The mixture consists of approx 2 pounds flour, 2 packets of yeast about 1/4 cup of sugar and about 4 gallons of water.. It is mixed and allowed to ferment about 3 days before use. it smells like beer or sourdough to me. it fits well with the raku process most potters are familiar with. The obvara mixture provides the decoration as well as the reduction of the pot. it is almost smokeless, which can be a great advantage in a city or school situation.

Monday, March 11, 2013

New Pieces Completed

Here are some new pieces listed in my Etsy store or up for auction on Ebay.

Innocent Cat Bank. (Etsy)

Frustrated Cat Bank (Etsy)

Happy Hippo Bank (Etsy)

Hog Wild, Wild Hog Jug (Ebay)