Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Spooky, but Classy: Black & White Halloween

Here is the rest of the Halloween Raku from the aforementioned fall class.  I am a big fan of Halloween decorations, but my tastes definitely run towards the elegant, Gothic, Poe-esque or nature-centered.  I try to steer clear of the plasticy, cheesy or gory... those just don't float my boat.   This year I had this vision of an all black & white Halloween display for Bearing Song {a local shop here in Nome where I sell my work}. I am pretty happy with how it came out.  
I used the white potion bottles from the aforementioned post, and made some seed-pod and fruitlike forms and fired them with the same clear crackle glaze.  Also pictured are an assortment of smooth, egg-inspired vases.  I was a little disappointed that they didn't crackle more in the firing, but that is the nature of Raku...beautifully unpredictable.
 A collection of spray-painted willow branches gives it a spooky, wintry feel {apropos for a Halloween in Nome, Alaska}
A couple of curious  Ravens give it a finishing touch.  I like that all of these decorations are neutral enough that they can easily be re-purposed for winter decor.
If you live in Nome, swing on by Bearing song and getcha some...the proceeds all go to a good cause too--so you can't go wrong;)
Happy Halloween!


  1. Love it! You are so talented Tara. My halloween decor consists of some grasses and raven feathers in a vase surrounded by gourds. Chase's idea. I like the simplicity of it!

  2. That sounds awesome. We are keeping it simple this year too... mostly pumpkins and a few other things that are too big for a one-year-old to eat:) Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful.