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Day 11 – Glass Totems & Raku

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Day 11 – Glass Totems & Raku

On Day 11 of our 12 Days of Gifting, we bring you Nancy Seaton‘s Fused Glass Totems and Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti’s Raku fired pottery!

Most notorious for her watercolors, Nancy Seaton expanded to beautiful fused glass totems in the early spring of 2013. When put near the window, these totems come to life. With the unique designs and gorgeous colors dancing in the light, her totems are a real treat for the eyes. In Nancy’s 14 inch “Pine Tree” totem, she delicately blends the Gunflint Trail tree line with the big lake, adding a Lake Superior stone at the base.

Richard Gruchella and Carrin Rosetti, enjoy life in Duluth, MN collaborating on new concepts and ideas as they work side by side in their studio. Working in clay they put their vessels through a firing process known as Raku. The vessel is put through rapid extremes of temperature, and taken from an atmosphere rich in oxygen to one dense with carbon and back again. The process is so severe that it would cause most ceramic pieces to shatter: and even though the clay they use is formulated to withstand the extremes of the Raku firing, many of their creations are lost to thermal shock. The pieces that make it through the firing intact have a distinctive look: the clay is blackened, the glazes are crackled, and the atmospheres affect the colorants in the glazes. The mark of the fire is on the piece.
“It’s like spinning straw into gold. It’s magic.” – Carrin Rosetti

Do you Raku? Would you like to? Well you can in October of each year with Richard and Carrin at Sivertson Gallery. Next year’s event will be held on October 4th. Always a good time, you will learn the secrets of a raku glaze and fire. Buy a bowl to glaze and Richard will fire it on the spot!

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