I love using the “naked raku” technique of firing. The surface of the raw clay is coated with a thin layer of slip (known as terra sigillatta), which is then burnished smooth with a soft cloth. The surface is glowing but not shiny; truly reminiscent of a skin-like quality that I love. Lately I’ve been experimenting with colorations added to the terra sig. And I especially love this blue. Though light in shade , it’s no baby blue, but rather something smoked and crackled and lined just as any aged face ought to reveal.
I always have to hold my opinions in check after a piece has been glazed and before it’s fired. It’s raw, monochromatic, somehow very flat-looking.