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Steve throws this little jar on the wheel. It is about 5 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter.
After bisque firing, the body of the jar was glazed with a wonderful warm yellow gold crackle glaze. Steve makes this glaze. The lid and the foot were left unglazed.
The jar is then placed in a specially built raku kiln and heated until the glaze has melted, about 1800 degrees. Still glowing with intense heat, it is removed from the kiln. This thermal shock causes the glaze to crackle.
Next we place the jar into a container of sawdust. The sawdust ignites and produces a smoky atmosphere where carbon is absorbed into the unglazed clay and the crackled glaze.
After it was raku fired a hand sculpted bird was attached to the lid. No molds were used!
Sue makes each little bird one at a time by hand.
Each piece has its own distinct crackle pattern and is unique in the way the carbon darkens the clay.
A charm of carefully chosen embellishments was added.
This jar is meant to be displayed for visual enjoyment. It would make a distinctive artful addition to your raku collection, or a gift for a bird lover. Perfect to hold small treasures or to be displayed as a treasure itself!
If you want to send this as a gift, we will wrap it for you in colorful tissue paper and tie a ribbon around it. We are also happy to include a personal message from you.
There are 3 felt pads on the bottom of the jar to protect your furniture.
Raku fired pottery is not intended to hold water or food.
Some of our customers do use these jars as small pet urns. This jar hold about 3/4 cup.