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My name is Maarit. Born and raised in Lapland, 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finland, I have always found the incredible colors, shapes and materials of Lapland's nature so inspiring. Clay, and particularly the Raku technique, continue to inspire me daily, to create something new!

The Raku firing technique is multi-stage and laborious, yet at the same time it is one of the most impressive techniques in pottery, where ceramics are fired outdoors amongst the elements, in flame and smoke, where the smoke of the kiln gives a captivating finish. This special technique makes Raku exceptional and stand out, from other types of pottery.

As soon as a red hot piece of ceramic is taken out of the oven, it is placed in a big tin container filled with wood…

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  • Maari
    Handmade Raku Ceramics from Lapland

About

Hi,

My name is Maarit. Born and raised in Lapland, 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finland, I have always found the incredible colors, shapes and materials of Lapland's nature so inspiring. Clay, and particularly the Raku technique, continue to inspire me daily, to create something new!

The Raku firing technique is multi-stage and laborious, yet at the same time it is one of the most impressive techniques in pottery, where ceramics are fired outdoors amongst the elements, in flame and smoke, where the smoke of the kiln gives a captivating finish. This special technique makes Raku exceptional and stand out, from other types of pottery.

As soon as a red hot piece of ceramic is taken out of the oven, it is placed in a big tin container filled with wood chips, hay or pine twigs that set on fire. The thermic shock then causes cracks that become black with the smoke. The piece is then placed in cool water, to set the final design. It is the passage from fire to air that determines the type, quantity and size of the cracks and the tone of the colors, unique to the product.

You simply cannot control the outcome in Raku firing. The final crackles and tones come by coincidence or perhaps what some know as fate. Every piece is unique. The accumulations of the glaze and cracks are characteristic for Raku pieces.

To me, Raku is somehow a rugged primitive art, although it has to be said that it is not rugged to the touch! I love to see the result of each of work. I thoroughly appreciate the "Big Surprise" at the end. I can certainly choose the type of item I make and its glaze, but what I can't select is just where the cracks and cracklings appear on the item. Therefore, each item is unique and one that just cannot be duplicated or mass produced. OOAK, uniqueness! How wonderful!

If you ever happen to be in my town - Sodankylä, Finland, you are very welcome to drop to my ceramic workshop. To those of you who cannot visit in person, I hope that these pages will inspire you to include Lapland's nature in your interior decoration.

To find out more about me and my art, please visit my website www.maari.fi or come along to our facebook page. Click LIKE and stay a while. Get new updates and see one off items advertised. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maari-Handmade-Raku-Ceramics/132217850468

With a pinch of Lapland’s magic,

Maarit Mattanen
Ceramic artist

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