OBVARA: a strange liquid raku technique
I came across this method by accident - it hails from Eastern Europe as a means of sealing pots. The red hot ware it taken from the kiln at about 900 degrees, and instead of putting into smoking bins to reduce is plunged into a liquid mix of flour and yeast and water. Burning, bubbling and occasionally exploding, great care is taken in the making and choosing the clay body to withstand this extreme thermal shock. Being liquid, I felt that fish, whales and sea life should be my starting point, utilising the bubble effect. Difficult to predict or control so embracing the unexpected is a must. some barrel fire pieces also included here.