Chiltern Arts Festival, 28-29 June

I spent this weekend at Chiltern Open Air Museum for the Chiltern Arts Festival. Richard and I set up a glazing workbench and the Raku kiln which enabled us to produce more animal sculptures as well as demonstrate the process to onlookers. Although the mixed weather – thundery showers punctuated with some sunshine – may have discouraged big crowds, the event kept us busy answering questions from a steady stream of curious visitors.

Getting pieces out of the kiln in the rain was challenging and as the picture shows, this was a two-person operation with umbrellas needed to prevent water damaging the work. The Pimms tent and live jazz from the Green nearby helped to prevent stress levels getting too high!

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Another hare cools to crackle the glaze while being protected from the rain. Not ideal conditions for watching the process!

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The hare emerges from the wood shavings prior to final cooling and clean-up

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Glazed cow waits on the glazing bench for the next kiln run

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Completed guinea fowl pose for a portrait (see picture of work in progress in the final BoS posting on 26 June)