After learning the Raku firing process, I wanted to try making some raku marbles (obviously).
Below are the pre-bisque fired raku clay marbles:
I then added a dash of white glaze on the tops of the marbles. I only placed it on the top, because I did not want the glaze tor fuse the marbles onto the firing surface. I also wanted to leave some of the clay bare, to allow for the smokey ashen quality of raku fired pieces.
Here is the outcome:
I fired them in a small bowl I made (specially for the firing process), because when the clay heats up it can start moving around! I am very pleased with the ‘marbled’ effect caused by only glazing part of the marbles. Although not white, these have matt and grey-tone qualities which I often look for in my work.