Raku Fired Art Tiles and Raku Fired Wall Shards

Olympia, Washington · 356 Sales


Raku Fired Art Tiles and Raku Fired Wall Shards

Olympia, Washington 356 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Christina has taken over doing the critters!!!
Want to see me doing raku???


Last updated on Jul 1, 2018

Looking for the raku critters? Check out 100HorsesRaku on Etsy.
Christina has taken over doing the critters!!!
Want to see me doing raku???

Ruth Apter

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Ruth Apter


Where my work is created. The great, sweet studio in the garden!

I have been working in clay doing only raku firing for the last 14 years.This is how I make my living.

Raku is unlike conventional pottery as each piece is taken out of the very, very hot kiln at 1850 degrees and placed in a bucket with sawdust and whole oats ( like you feed to livestock). The smoke interacts with the work...coloring the cracks black and any unglazed surfaces take up the smoke as well. The copper glazes are treated differently. I pull them from the kiln at 1850 or more degrees and put them on a sheet of crumpled newspaper inside my metal buckets. As they are engulfed by flames I grab them with my tongs dunk them in cold water....freezing the action of the flames interacting with the copper in the glaze!!!!!!

Art, all things wild, growing flowers and food; these are my passions. I have always made things with my hands and have worked in many mediums.
For the first time I am offering my work selling retail. I am in galleries throughout the USA and have been very fortunate to make my living doing what I love. If you would like to have my work shipped outside the USA please contact me for a shipping quote.

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Shop policies

Last updated on July 1, 2018
Each Bad Dog Clayworks piece is individually made to order. Each will be unique. I try to keep everything in stock ready to glaze and raku fire but sometimes I run out of an item. I will let you know the expected ship date.
Raku is an interesting and challenging firing process. I have been making my living selling to galleries for the past 10 years.

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I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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Refunds and Exchanges - I will exchange the piece for something else similar in value, or make a new piece if anything is broken in the mail. Please take a photo of the broken piece and convo or e-mail it to me within 5 days of receipt. Broken items will be replaced as soon as possible. Breakage is extremely rare. Please package the work in the same way it was shipped to you. You will be refunded for the cost of returning a damage piece. This is VERY rare.
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Please send me your mailing address and your shipping address (FedEX). If one method is best for you please let me know. Most orders will ship via USPS.
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If you wish to have something shipped outside the USA I will get back to you on shipping costs.

Each piece is removed from my custom made kiln at 1850 to 1950 degrees and smoked or reduction fired in whole horse's oats, sawdust or shredded paper. The crackle and copper glazes are a wondrous result of this exciting and somewhat dangerous process. The glazes that have copper in them vary a great deal. That is part of the delightful aspect of raku. During the winter the copper matte is more blue/silver.

Each TILE is drawn free-hand and is unique. The tiles evolve and change as I experiment with color and designs. They are getting better all the time. I used unglazed blank tiles as my canvas.

Raku pottery has unique characteristics. No two pieces will ever be alike. Raku is for decorative and ceremonial uses only and should be displayed inside. Most designs come in an assortment of glazes and finishes. THE CRACKLES GLAZES ARE ALSO RAKU FIRED.

After a shard is shaped it has to dry for several days. Then the pieces are bisque fired, glazed and final fired. During the raku firing, small batches of pottery are low fired to between 1,850 F and 1,950 F degrees and removed one at a time, from the kiln, while still red-hot.
Each ceramic piece is then placed in a container of horses oats and sawdust. The oats and sawdust burst into flames and interact with the glazes and unglazed areas of the pottery. Some glazes need to be robbed of oxygen through what is called a reduction firing resulting in copper flashing and a mix of wondrous colors and patterning. Can you imagine how dangerous and fun this is?
I was the little kid who always added wood to the camp-fire.