Tetraktisstudio

Ceramic unique, Raku fired Oil burners & Jewelry boxes.

Chania, Greece · 71 Sales

Tetraktisstudio

Ceramic unique, Raku fired Oil burners & Jewelry boxes.

Chania, Greece 71 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(23)

Announcement   Welcome to Tetraktis studio pottery.
I work with my fantasy and hands, do unique ceramic objects, Raku fired.
I make every piece with love and careful attention and I wish to offer visual pleasure besides functionality.
All listings are in stock and ready to ship.
For any question, suggestion or comment feel free to contact me.
More unique Raku pottery you can see in my second Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/studiotetraktis

Announcement

Last updated on May 2, 2018

Welcome to Tetraktis studio pottery.
I work with my fantasy and hands, do unique ceramic objects, Raku fired.
I make every piece with love and careful attention and I wish to offer visual pleasure besides functionality.
All listings are in stock and ready to ship.
For any question, suggestion or comment feel free to contact me.
More unique Raku pottery you can see in my second Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/studiotetraktis

Yiannis Vlavoyilakis

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Yiannis Vlavoyilakis

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About

Tetraktis studio pottery workshop is a place full of day light and space to breathe.
Here I design and develop my latest passion, essential oils burners, pendant jewelry and treasure boxes, due to my love in fragrances and precious things.
For months I experiment and explore forms, shapes and functionality.
I have come to very nice results and decided they worth the best about glazing and firing, so Raku technique which brings to the surfaces all qualities of shimmering, giving voice to the unpredictable artistry of fire, is the best way to animate them.
Feel like an alchemist some times, once pottery offers the field to explore the magic of relations and reactions between elements and materials, trying various firing techniques and temperatures.

My hope for my pieces is that they will find their way into peoples homes and their use will encourage them to be happy, content and appreciative.

In order to present my work in the best way, I have two Etsy shops:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Tetraktisstudio ("oil burners" "jewelry - pendant" and "ceramic lidded boxes").
https://www.etsy.com/shop/studiotetraktis ("pots", "vases", "birds", "soap dishes", "wall hangings" etc.)
Feel free to contact me if you have any question about my work.

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Last updated on May 18, 2018
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Why are these pieces special?

Because they are Raku fired besides their unique shape.

What is Raku firing?

Raku firing is an ancient Japanese technique:
After the first firing, a ceramic piece is glazed with a special glaze and fired in a gas kiln,very fast (1.30 - 2 hours).
When the temperature reaches 900° C the kiln is opened and the pieces are taken out with tongs, placed in metallic containers, covered with sawdust and sealed.
That causes the reduction. It happens because the flammable material catches fire from the red hot ceramic, but due to the sealing the flames seek oxygen to keep burning and the only available is in the oxides of the glaze. So the coloring oxides losing their oxygen particles, turn to pure very thin metal.
Especially the copper colored glazes give all kinds of bronze, blue, turquoise, green effects. Always unique!

Is a Raku piece the same like any other ceramic?

No! due to the thermal shock, from 900° C to ambient temperature they are more sensitive.
Also the bronze copper color over time, slowly turns to a nice blue - turquoise or green!
This is nothing to worry about, it is just the procedure of the continuing reduction, as oxygen particles from the air replaces those lost during the past procedure.
So your piece may continue to change and this is part of its beauty!
However, the nice black crackles will remain the same. They are made from the smoke which gets into the glazes shocking crackles and intensifies them.
So Raku means always different, always unique, always spectacular ...but sometimes a disaster!
That causes the higher price of a raku piece.

Are there instructions or tips for use for a ceramic oil burner?

Yes, here are useful tips for the proper and safe use:

- Be aware that the ceramic oil burner gets hot when it is lit. So touch carefully.
- The best option is to use tea light candles as they offer security against leaking wax.
- Never leave the burner lit when leaving the house.
- Make sure the burner is out of reach of children and pets.
- Ensure there is liquid or wax melt in the bowl before light the candle, or it could crack.
- Frequently clean it from the previous oil residues with soap.