Trading (More Than) Faces

Like any skill, raku pottery takes learning and practice

Which means taking a look at old work and learning more about what I like and do not. This helps me to further define my artistic practice.

I was outside this morning taking a look at this vase called Madame Pele’s Flow and taking a few pictures to share with you πŸ™‚

In this piece, I love how the colours almost look like a volcano.

β€˜Madame Pele’s Flow’ tells the tale of a sometimes beautiful goddess who was right at home in the flames of raku. Not only could she sometimes appear as a beautiful woman, but also a white dog, even an old woman, but also a lava flow.

that is a lot of different things!

Madame Pele’s Flow
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If you could transform into anything else (temporarily or permanently!),

what would you choose πŸ€”


  1. If I could transform into anything (temporarily in this case) it would be wind, so I could ruffle people’s hair and clothes and offer vague portents of things to come.

  2. I have no idea what I would chose. Maybe a cat, but only temporarily, so I could learn more about them, and be able to help them more from knowing what it’s like at their perspective.

    1. I bet cats would love that you did that too. They are funny creatures πŸ™‚ Have lived with one most of my life and knowing what they think would be fun and hilarious!

  3. This vase is beautiful, but If you get a raku glaze that you don’t like is it possible to fire it again and get another effect? or would that just make a mess in the kiln?

    1. yes it is possible, but to get the glaze to stick take a sneaky trick of using cheap hairspray. Then reglaze and fire again – no guarantees itll turn out better though!

    1. thank you! glad to hear that it resonates with you! πŸ™ I hope you are keeping well

  4. I would be a bird – probably one that migrated to warmer climes. As for madame Pele’s vase – I really like it. I like the change of colour and the feeling of movement.

    1. Thank you, Julie! I can understand the desire to go south, especially as we are currently in between snow storms and JUST finished shovelling out!

      Glad you like the colour and movement in the vase as well! I hope you are keeping well πŸ™

    1. Thank LuAnne! Yes it was definitely the seeing of a volcano in the glaze that earned this vase it’s name! πŸ™‚

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