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*I handmade this cabochon tile using stoneware clay
*Bisque fired, glazed and raku fired in my home studio
*Matte, copper, blue, green raku glaze colors; .999 fine silver PMC (precious metal clay) fired directly onto the piece; black from the raku firing process where there is no glaze
*Recycled glass imbedded into clay and fired
*Organic, round shaped, raku cabochon measures about 47mm in diameter
*Signed by the artist (that's me!) on the back "MAKU"
Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoy my art!
THE RAKU PROCESS:
Raku pottery was made long ago for Japanese tea ceremonies. It was modernized later into the process you see today. This involves taking a piece of pottery that has been bisque fired and glazed then firing it in a raku kiln (which my husband and I built ourselves). The piece is then fired to about 1800 degrees F and pulled out of the kiln while still red hot then placed in a reduction chamber containing organic materials such as newspaper, sawdust, leaves, etc. The materials catch on fire, the lid is put on veru quickly and carefully. The fire wants oxygen to keep going and flames often shoot across a piece, pulling oxygen from the glaze. The matte black color (a very unique characteristic of raku) is created where there is no glaze. It's so exciting and creates one of kind colors which are very hard to duplicate. Please note that raku is not food safe nor is it intended to hold liquid.
Caring for your raku piece:
Keep your raku in a air tight container or zippered bag when storing. Do not swim or leave your piece in water for long periods of time. Keep your piece out of direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time, as it will affect the glaze. I wash my pieces very well, but on occasion you will see some ash residue that will rub off from the parts that are not glazed. This will come out of your clothing with no problem, but if it concerns you, you can paint clear nail polish on the back of a piece.
Marianne "MAK" Kasparian
MAKUstudio: Raku Pendants, Beads, Jewelry, Supplies, Cabochons, Tiles, Buttons