Copper Matt Raku ceramics.
'I use a white stoneware body to which molochite is added to help with the thermal shock, this is fired in an electric kiln to bisc at 1050ْc. The raku work is fired in various kilns built by myself and fired by propane to approx 1050ْcI use a copper matt recipe which I have developed over many years with frits and materials, some found next to our workshop in a redundant copper & tungsten mine.'
Chris Hawkins Ceramics - No9 Medium Teardrop Vase SOLD
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CHRIS HAWKINS Artist's Statement
I started working with clay at the age of 16 & spent 2 years at Art College studying ceramics & jewellery. I went on to be trained as a production thrower by Hugh West at West Pottery. This training provided me with the ability to work accurately and precisely with clay.
Today I make one off thrown pieces which are fired using the raku process. My main work consists of Copper Matt fumed pots and a range of white glazed and naked raku pieces.
The copper matt process is notoriously difficult to control and I have spent many years perfecting a recipe and firing process that enables me to consistently achieve strong vivid colours. I push this process to its limits and sometimes will fire a piece several times to achieve the desired results.