Playing with Fire
The process of Raku has been around for many, many years. The traditional use of Raku ware was intended for Japanese tea ceremonies.
Today's version of Raku comes in many forms and techniques, but the principal process of firing remains the same.
We use two processes for our Raku products; Naked Raku and Copper Matte Raku.
Naked Raku uses a process of burnishing the pots by hand with a polished stone or very smooth tool when the pottery is still damp. Once the surface is smooth, the item is bisque fired and then covered in either a very thin layer of liquid clay and glaze, or a thicker layer of watered down clay that will dry and crack off. Once the clay is dry, the pot is fired to a red-hot state and then placed into a reduction chamber, lit on fire and then the flames suffocated to create a smoky atmosphere. This process results in a crackle type of finish that is comprised of black carbon that is absorbed into the body of the piece. The finished piece is then polished and put out for display.
Copper Raku is similar in the use of the reduction chamber and fire, however this look is comprised of the use of a copper based glaze. Once fired, the ware is placed into the reduction chamber, lit on fire and then left in the chamber to fully cool, allowing the copper to turn beautiful colors of Red, Orange, Blue, Green and yellows. Each of the colors produced using this type of firing vary depending on the temperature of the heat and where the fire touches the ware.
NO two pieces of Raku ware are ever the same!
Raku ware is intended for display only and is NOT food safe. When kept in consistent climate and out of the sun, the colors of the copper will remain vibrant for many, many years.