This pot has been Raku fired to give it the unique, metallic luster and it measures 4 x 4 1/2 from the bottom to the top of the “hair”. Raku firing is an ancient technique first developed in the 16th century. Bisque ware is coated in specially formulated glaze then quickly fired until the glaze takes on a glossy appearance. I actually made my raku kiln out of a trash can lined with a ceramic blanket to keep the heat in and a whole in the lid to observe the atmosphere inside. Once glossy, the pieces are removed and transferred to other trash cans filled with shredded newspaper, leaves and sawdust and closed so that they can smoldered for 15 minutes, after which they are removed and transferred to a bucket of cold water to set the glaze. Opening the trash can after the second “smoldering” is always an exciting experience, the bold colors and imprints left by the materials results in a truly one of a kind piece.
Due to the nature of this firing process, these pieces are not food safe, they are for decorative purposes only.