This listing is for ONE raku puffin, ♦♦♦YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE ONE PICTURED♦♦♦ but it will be similar. You can let me know in the note to seller if you'd like one with more or less crackle or facing left or right and I'll try and oblige. If there is no note I'll send you my favourite one!
These puffins are handmade by me, Sarah Beck, in my studio on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. My studio is quite close to the offshore islands where the puffins come to nest every year and I usually take a boat out to see them. They are so entertaining!! My husband is a retired lighthouse keeper and worked for a long time on an island where 6000 puffins nested, so I heard a lot of stories about these little birds and their comical antics.
To make the puffins I roll out a slab of clay, cut out the puffin shape and then add the markings onto each one by hand. I then push from the back of the piece creating the 3D shape. You can see the marks of my fingernails on the back of some of them. Each puffin is also different because of the raku glaze firing process (see below). They look good on their own, or in a grouping.
My raku pieces are bisque fired once to make them hard, then glazed by hand and fired again in an outdoor kiln. When the pieces are red hot I pull them out of the kiln with tongs allowing the glazes to crackle while cooling for a very short time in the air or on the ground. I then put them in a metal container filled with newspaper which bursts into flames, blackening all the areas I haven't glazed with smoke and filling in the crackle lines. Every piece is different some have more crackle, some less, but all are unique. See the making of one of my pieces from start to finish by clicking on this link:
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I also have a pinback button badge shop here on Zibbet selling buttons, rings, earrings, magnets and coasters. You can find that shop here: www.zibbet.com/theartfulbadger
If you want to purchase any buttons along with your pottery the shipping for the buttons is FREE!! Just send me a message and I will set up a custom listing for everything you are purchasing.
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The shop is closed while I take some holiday time. Thanks for visiting!