Kōrero, Art Talk

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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!

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

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close up of Amber sea glass melted over textured brown ceramic object

Kiln Melting Glass over Ceramics

I have been experimenting with melting found beach glass and recycled wine bottles over my ceramic sculptures and here are a few things I’ve learned along the way. Less is more. It doesn’t take a lot of glass to create transformative effects. Depending on your project, adding small amounts of…

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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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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.
Email: kiaora@karenwilde.art

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