Chloe Harford Ceramics

Raku fired ceramic seals, puffins, and hares have arrived at The Gallery Norfolk.

Chloe Harford’s Handmade Raku Fired Ceramic seals have been huge favourites at The Gallery Norfolk when they arrived earlier this year. So much so that we have now extended the range on show to include other of her animals including puffins, deer, runner ducks and hares to name a few!

 

Chloe attended Plymouth College of Art & Design where she took a National Diploma in Design Crafts in 1997. She has been making animal sculpture for 12 years now many of which are inspired by the local wildlife found on the land surrounding her workshop which is set in 6 acres of woodland on the banks of the river Tamar. This beautiful land has water meadows and ponds, which have become a haven for the numerous wildlife in the area, including for a brief time in 2009, an escaped beaver!  

How Raku is fired

Raku is rapidly fired until glowing hot (1,000° c); it's then taken from the kiln whilst still glowing and placed in a container of sawdust, this instantly combusts and the shock of the air causes the glaze to craze at which point it is covered and left to cool, the smoke from the burning sawdust penetrates the crazing giving the distinctive black lines.

Raku puffins
Raku fired seals