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Raku Pottery

Originally a Japanese lead-glazed style of earthenware made during the Sixteenth century in Kyoto for the tea ceremony, raku is a magical form of pottery.  Raku pottery's key characteristic stems from the firing technique used.  Artists have specially designed tongs to transfer hot and glowing pieces from the kiln to a cold reduction chamber filled with combustible material like newspaper, wood shavings and leaves.  The heat emitted from the raku pottery causes an immediate ignition and oxygen is burned out of the clay and glaze creating unpredictable smoke patterns and spectacular metallic and lustrous effects.  Once cooled, pieces emerge that are truly irresistible.

I find this unpredictable medium an extraordinary way to express my creativity.  Instead of using a potter's wheel for my raku pottery, each piece is hand molded and no two are alike.  Raku art is a versatile decorative style that fits well into traditional and contemporary themes alike.  The combination of using earth, water and fire produces exquisitely beautiful pieces that are truly one of a kind.

 

RL201

18.5" x 8" x 3.5"

RB204

15" x 11" x 5"

RO203

8" x 16.5" x 3"

RT205

Vary in Sizes

RB212

14" x 12" x 9.5"