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January 16, 2013
To Raku or Not Raku
An e-mail from a friend came to me just recently about a one-day raku firing seminar that she thought I might be interested in. We were going to create our own raku kiln last year and I had created a small group of ocarinas out of raku clay just for the event. That never came to pass and my bisqued raku ocarinas laid fallow in a drawer in my studio basement for over a year.
Ironically, the announcement about the raku seminar came to me just as I had come up with an alternative to glazing my ocarinas. Instead of doing a raku glaze, I made a raku-inspired faux glaze from acrylic and metal leaf interspersed with metallic dust. A good alternative if raku is a not do. I’ve featured my just finished set above.
I am an eclectic artist with a diverse backround. This is in part explained by the fact that my art education took place on three different continents. The multitude of influences can make it challenging for those who would like to define me as an artist but it does make for interesting stories. I studied art and science at Douglass College in New Jersey and obtained my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Parsons School of Design. In between New Jersey and New York I took a seven year detour into China and Europe. I learned how to become a Chinese painter at the Beijing Central Art Academy and how to be a ceramic sculptor at the State Academy of Applied Arts in Maastricht, Holland
I have made my home and studio in Orangeburg, South Carolina for about fourteen years.