Today I finished my woodwork induction, now inducted on machines including band-saw, large industrial sander, and pillar drill. Finished my box today, stained it a dark colour and then smooth wax finish on-top. Think I’m going to line the box interior with patterned fabric so need to find some interesting fabric for a bright interior. Looking forward to get back into the wood-shop in the near future to try and make some stackable wooden bowls using the bandsaw. This is a technique I found in a tutorial on the open source idea sharing website instructables.com . I think it would be a great mini project to set myself as it includes designing a jig to use with the band-saw and the extra time spent and experience gained with it should help me develop skills and confidence in the workshop. I’ve already scavenged some hardwood from a pallet in a skip that will be perfect for the job, in the process of cleaning it to make it safe for cutting. (Thanks to my contemporary Rossy Adams for helping me with skip hunting for materials!)
Using 2 types of glaze one cream white and one a darker copper based glaze. Slight speckling effect on interior achieved by flicking droplets of white on top of metallic glaze. ( I intend to do some research into raku and glazes to become savy with the technical jargon and experiment with different techniques) Raku is definitely something i want to follow up and continue with.
Great workshops today Raku glazing and throwing, looking forward to learning to use the raku kiln and playing around with reduction atmosphere techniques. Throwing was hard, I seemed to get the hang of wedging though. Centring was particularly difficult, it was taking some time to get it right; hopefully with practise I will improve. When pulling up the walls of the vessel I perhaps need to take more time but with fewer runs over. Also stopping while the goings good would be useful as i messed up all my pots today and did not produce a single decent one. Better luck next time.