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Bronze Raku Cats-SOLD
Artist: Bronze Raku Cats
Bronze-colored raku sculptures by ceramic artist Jennifer Brown of Columbus, Ohio.
About the Artwork:
“The tall raku kitties, like the crackle kitties, are hand-built from clay, which means they are formed by hand (not thrown on a wheel). They were made as a family, and each one is unique (no molds here!) They are hollow and are hefty enough that they don’t easily tip over. They were fired using a Western raku technique, which is a special firing process that uses an outdoor kiln and a special copper matte glaze. In this raku process, once the kiln reaches the desired temperature, the pieces are removed from the kiln while they are still red-hot. This is the fun and scary prt of raku! The pieces are immediately placed in a metal container full of combustible materials. (I like a combination of straw and newspaper, although other people also use sawdust). After the fire burns for a bit, the fire is smothered by putting a metal lid on the container. The fire pulls the oxygen out of the environment in the metal container, which “reduces” the glaze and allows the metal ingredients in the glaze to really shine through. The tall raku cats have copper matte glaze, which is one of my favorites. I love the ancient look of these pieces.”
About the Artist:
One of my all-time favorite Christmas presents was a Junior Potter’s Wheel. I never quite got the hang of it, but I also never forgot how much I loved playing with the clas. I was also the kid who figured out how to make miniature sculptures out of mud. I painted them with waterclolors and sealed them with craft glue. I actually sold a couple of bird nests, complete with authentic bits of grass and littlw painted eggs. Fifty cents each at a steam engine show. I was thrilled!
Fast-forward a couple of decades, and my friend and I decided to enroll in a class at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. We chose pottery because the class schedule worked for us, and because I had always wanted to really learn how to work with clay. We decided early on that if our pieces came out ugly, we would name everything, Ashtray.” I pictured an entire series…”Ash Tray I,” “Study in Ash Tray”…and so on. But I persisted, began taking classes from LangWeil Studios in Groveport, OH, and I evntually gained a bit of skill to match my curiosity and desire to learn.
It was natural for me to translate my love of pottery into feline-themed artwork. My husband and I have 5 fabulous kitties. They all found us, and we thnk they are a fabulous cat family! I read once that during the Great Depression, down-and-out men would draw the sign of a cat near the house of a friendly person who would feed them. Somewhere along the line, a kitty in need of a home must have drawn that sign near our hours. Moo, Caterina (Cat-Cat), Fitzpatrick (Fitz), Sissy, and Alex have been wonderful cat models for these pieces.
Dimensions: 0in. × 4in. × 14in.
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