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A few words about my work and motivation:
What does equanimity look like? Thirty-five years of both Zen and clay work inspire a sculpting technique that explores the fleeting nature of time and space, balanced with joy and peace in all the idiosyncrasies of the moment. Furthermore, the raku firing technique brings qualities of shimmering “thusness” to the surfaces, giving voice to the unpredictable artistry of fire. In imperfections created by the raku firing process, I honor these effects while at the same time, enhancing the figures using various materials, such as gold dust mixed with epoxy, chicken feathers, chains and carpet…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 14
  • Joined December 22, 2007

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clay, raku, fire

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GoldenWindRaku
Anita Feng Raku Ceramic Sculptures and...

About

Please visit my facebook page and add a "Like"! https://www.facebook.com/Golden-Wind-Raku-110497785627939/

And you can follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/buddhabuilder

A few words about my work and motivation:
What does equanimity look like? Thirty-five years of both Zen and clay work inspire a sculpting technique that explores the fleeting nature of time and space, balanced with joy and peace in all the idiosyncrasies of the moment. Furthermore, the raku firing technique brings qualities of shimmering “thusness” to the surfaces, giving voice to the unpredictable artistry of fire. In imperfections created by the raku firing process, I honor these effects while at the same time, enhancing the figures using various materials, such as gold dust mixed with epoxy, chicken feathers, chains and carpet tacks.

The raku firing process can be traced to 16th c. Japan, Zen Buddhism and the tea ceremony.

The raku firings take place outdoors in a special homemade kiln (made from a converted old Weber grill!), taking about an hour to get up to 1800 degrees. At that point the pottery is removed from the kiln while still glowing hot. I remove the sculptures from the kiln with iron tongs and quickly place them in metal bins filled with wood shavings, pine needles or shredded junk mail. As flames erupt, a lid is secured on the bin which creates a carbonized atmosphere, permeating the clay body with gun-metal black and creating a unique shimmering effect on the glazes.

Finished pieces are sprayed with a special clear sealant to preserve the unique colorations. While the sculptures may be placed outside, it is recommended that you bring them indoors during freezing temperatures.

And for more information about Zen
http://blueheronzen.org/index.html

More about me, Zen, raku and poetry
http://anitafeng.com

Photos of my raku firing process on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anita52/sets/72157606262951716/

Article about my work and studio:
http://iskrafineart.com/studio-visit-with-zen-teacher-anita-feng-expanding-our-idea-of-what-equanimity-looks-like/

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