Bijou - raku ceramic fly sculpture - Susie Benes


   A little jewel
   Sparkling as it circles
   Shoo, you precious pest

Title: Bijou
Medium: Raku fired ceramic clay and mixed media
Size: 3.75(H) x 8.5(L) in

What is raku? Glowing red hot clay pieces are taken from the kiln and placed in a material that catches fire, such as sawdust. They are then enclosed in a container with the flames. The lack of oxygen gives the glazes striking colors and patterns. Areas with no glaze take oxygen from the clay itself, leaving them with a beautiful matte black colour.


This is a one-of-a-kind sculpture. No others of its kind exist or will be reproduced.

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