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Fire, and a little dazzle

Monday, 29th April, 2013

Kevin Boyd makes some alterations to Lee Quinn’s pot Kevin Boyd makes some alterations to Lee Quinn’s pot

By Kurtis J Eichler

Things got a little heated at the BH Potters Society recently when talented Victorian ceramicist Kevin Boyd visited to dish up some tricks of the trade.

Boyd, a more than 30 year veteran of ceramics, passed on his skills in Naked Raku firings and slip trailing decorations to some of the city's clay artists this month.

Naked Raku takes a full day to prepare and complete but is known for creating dazzling works of art.

Potters apply reddish-brown clay known as terra sigillata on a leather-hard pot before it is bisque fired to harden the unglazed clay.

A coating of resist material and a glaze is added before the pot is placed into a fiery rubbish bin to reduce and then to cool.

As the pot cools, the layers fall away from the pot like an eggshell.

Carolyn Martin was one of Boyd's students and said each firing produced stunning results.

"We all ended the day very smoky and weary but very satisfied with being taught this amazing technique by such an experienced potter," she said.

Boyd has taught ceramics for the last three decades in Surrey Hills, Melbourne and sells his work online.

The two-day project was supported by Arts NSW's Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and West Darling Arts on behalf of NSW Government.

"Kevin inspired us and encouraged us all to experiment with what we have learned."

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