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Raku Clay Oxide Wash clay bodies glaze

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#1 dguzman344



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 01:52 PM

I am working on a special project and would appreciate help identifying a glaze (Raku or otherwise) that matches closesly the tones found in the picture below. On the other hand, would it perhaps be easier to find a clay body that when fired matches this tone? From my own view, the piece does not seem to have been glazed. If that is the case, can anyone identify a similar clay body that will achieve these tones? I need the piece to look as though it is centuries old. 


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#2 Tyler Miller

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 02:00 PM

Looks like Minoan unglazed terracotta (edit--not Minoan, Archaic Greek), plain and simple.  Not even terra sig.  Decorations were likely added using a combo of techniques.  Incised, small clay additions, and slip--like Gallic barbotine technique.  The dark tones are likely dirt and char from the ruins it was found in.  If you really want that effect, smoking the pot a little or pit firing might work after bisque.  Use a groggy clay if pit firing.


Get some terracotta, fire low, and have fun. :)

#3 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 02:49 PM

The description says stamped or incised decoration, and terra cotta. Not glazed.

as Tyler says.

Orientalizing pithos. Found in Arcades (?), Crete, ca. 675 BC. Terracotta, stamped and incised decoration.



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:27 PM


iron wash

mason stain black wash

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:39 PM

What they said. After you make your piece, bisque fire it, then pit fire it in a barell, and you will get that black charcoal effect on the rim.

There is no glaze on this piece.


#6 Tristan TDH

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 07:47 AM

Don't know what it is.... But. I get that same warm orange tone with Highwater's Orangestone clay. You could age it with light sprayed washes of RIO

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