Several metal oxides are experimented with, including copper oxide, cobalt oxide, ferric oxide, lead oxide, and tin oxide. Under specific firing rates on 28 samples affecting the nucleation and growth of crystals applied over porcelain bodies, the results of yellowish, brownish and bluish glaze shades undergo a change of crystal formation and appearance leading to various aesthetic value.
Raku-fired vases are always popular because of their beautiful metallic sheen, but prospective buyers often ask whether it is safe to fill the vases with water. I explain that Raku firing is different from the regular firing of functional ceramic-ware; Raku vases leak because they are typically fired at lower temperatures and are not glazed internally
Walking through the Louvre for the first time I am reminded that artists have always used scale to impress. I am confronted by the physicality of paintings I have known all my life as reproductions. Delacroix’s Liberty in all its tour de force towers over us taking the gallery by storm. It is then delightful to find that the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous images in the world, is quite diminutive.