This raku-fired asymmetrical pot is glazed olive green on the top and the bottom shows the blackened natural clay body. The clear glaze inside shows the peach colored clay. This piece was hand-thrown on the potter's wheel and altered.
Raku is a style of firing and glazing that originated in Japan as a ritual related to tea ceremonies. Modern raku firing in America takes on a party atmosphere because of the excitement of the firing and the instant gratification of seeing a piece come out of the kiln so quickly. The basic premise is that you heat a kiln to roughly 1800 degrees F, lift up the lid, carefully pull out your pots using long tongs and lots of safety gear, gently deposit the pots into garbage cans full of combustibles such as newspapers and plant material, and then cut off the oxygen by closing the lid. You then let the pots cool, sometimes dunking them in a final dose of water. The resultant pieces can be stunning with the right combination of glazes, combustibles, luck, and skill. Raku is a brutal process for the pot, and as such, there are likely to be small cracks in the glaze and possibly the clay, which make raku pots delicate and poorly suited for use with food. Raku should be used for decorative purposes only.
6" diameter at widest x 3.75" high, 15.7 oz. weight
Made in USA
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