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Muted chartreuse green, subtle blue turquoise, brilliant copper, and silver compliment this oval raku abstract body form vase with diagonal stripes and curled handle. The body form was altered from round to oval and stripes and a handle were added for interest.

My Raku is created by a firing technique in which I use glaze, fire, and smoke to create an original, unpredictable design. The process is done outside in a kiln which I built out of a metal trash can. Really! It was an unused trash can. Smile inserted here. I lined the inside of the trash can with a fiber insulation which can withstand heat over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. I fire the pottery to approximately 1850 degrees. Once it has reached this temperature I immediately and quickly remove it from the kiln with three feet long tongs. I place the piece into another trash can which has either dry pine needles, shredded paper, or some other combustible material. As soon as the pottery goes into this second can the piece catches on fire and I close the lid. The smoke from the burning pottery is reduced and the carbon emitted is absorbed into the bare clay. With some glazes the drastic thermal shock will produce black crackles.

The raku firing is the second firing for my raku pieces. The first firing is a bisque firing which removes the water from the wet clay. If I didn't do this first firing the pieces would most likely explode from the water (in the form of steam) trying to escape too quickly. This would really put a damper (pun intended) on my day.

Raku purported originated in Japan. However, the techniques I use have been "westernized." 110411 #1

Vessel is for decoration only. Not food or water safe.

Every item in my shop was made entirely by me!

7" high
3" wide (at widest part excluding handle)
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Handmade Bright Copper and Muted Chartreuse Green Ceramic Raku Vase/Ceramics and Pottery

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: glaze, clay
  • Feedback: 25 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Virginia, United States
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