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FinishedEgret1Hooray! All the tiles survived the rigors of raku firing and now the panel is ready to be permanently affixed to its backing.

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My favorite part of this project: carving the wing feathers.

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I love the way botanical subjects look in raku. It’s such a great technique for subjects drawn from nature — and sometimes you get a nice little¬†gift from the fire: an unexpected flash of pure copper, pulled from the glaze during the oxygen-starved reduction stage.¬† I bury the hot tiles under mounds of fresh wood shavings, where they smolder for a minute or two before being quenched in a cool water bath. I think the copper that appeared in the background sets off the canna leaf quite nicely!

This 44×22 panel will be auctioned off tomorrow night at Phantasy for the Arts, a fundraising event for the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation.

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