Well, I tried burnishing one of my raku pieces yesterday to see how well they can be burnished. I was really hoping they would work really well and would be a great clay for barrel firings. The clay did take a nice sheen after going over it a couple of times with a stone, but I don’t think it is quite as nice as when the red clay I use is burnished.
However, the clay did burnish fine and should be nice and shiny after I wax it. One plus with this clay is it has an amazing visual texture to it – there are lots of blacks, whites, grays, and even browns in the clay. I’m hoping it stays once I bisque fire the piece. I’m hoping to burnish and fire a few other pieces soon and maybe in a couple of weeks do my barrel firing (I think I already have 10 or 12 pieces burnished and ready to go). Can’t wait!
I also finished a few pieces that had been sitting around for a couple weeks. Since they were nice enough not to dry out completely, I figured I should finish them. I’m hoping my busy period is over so that I can spend more time working on altering pieces after I’ve thrown them, which is one thing I’m not very good at doing.