Comment posted December 3, 2009 regarding Joan Kidder - Ceramic Pear (2 replies)
This pear is about the same size as a real pear.
I love this! I’d like to know more about the process of creating and glazing this. Is it hollow? Must be, right? And what exactly is raku?
I’m trying to remember what the weight of this was…but I tend to think that it wasn’t hollow. There were no holes in it…I suspect that the clay was fully wedged (basically like kneading dough…you knead the clay so that all the particles line up and all the air bubbles are pushed out…air bubbles in fired clay can cause explosions!) then sculpted. I believe that with raku what happens is that the glaze shrinks more than the clay…so that it crackles. There are lots of very cool effects you can get with raku. Joan Kidder has another item, a vase, that I’ll post soon!