Kōrero, Art Talk

DIY making of a gas raku kiln from old honey drum lined with insulation.

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Welcome to Karen Wilde Art’s kōrero blog. Here you will find discussions around making, ceramics, surface experiments, tutorials, kiln firings and behind the scenes of studio life. Enjoy!

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Decorative clay Raku Bowl in metallic copper and green oxide, Art collector object from New Zealand, 1 of 3 edition

Is Raku Pottery Food Safe? The Short Answer is Always “No”.

I’ve been getting a few questions on my YouTube channel regarding making functional raku pottery, such as mugs, cups and bowls. There seems to be a lot of information (and misinformation) around how to make raku pottery waterproof and/or food safe. While I’m no expert on raku pottery, I have…

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Creating textured slab from sodium silicate on black clay

Sodium Silicate Pottery Cracked Surfaces: Slab Building Technique

How do potters achieve those amazing crackled patterns in their ceramic pieces? With the magic of Sodium Silicate. You may have seen artists use this clear, liquid medium on the outside of wheel-thrown pottery before stretching the work into larger forms with various cracked designs running across the surface. What…

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Messy Maker tips gif by Karen Wilde

How to Clean Up Clay and Glaze Safely!

After completing my Visual Arts degree in 2021 and moving from ‘institute student studio life’ into ‘unsupported garage studio life’ – I’ve been pushing the limitations of my experimental glazed ceramics at home. It’s been fun! But it’s also been very messy and I was worried about how I would…

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Artist Karen Wilde standing on top of a mountain in New Zealand, overlooking South Island lake Wanaka and snow capped ranges.

About Me

Hi, I’m Karen. A nature-loving NZ artist who experiments with fire, clay and glaze alchemy to make unique, original contemporary sculptures and small-batch ceramics. As a practising artist, I wear a few creative hats in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s creative community, including gallery and art foundry assistant.

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