Raku by dakotakid35


A friend of ours is a potter who does a lot of Raku. Here is a piece he gave to us. The photo doesn't quite capture the organic shapes. The glaze is copper and it is starting to develop a nice patina which should only get better as the piece ages.
"Raku is a type of Japanese pottery. It is traditionally characterized by hand molded, rather than turned, clay, which results in each piece being "one-of-a-kind"; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is put directly into water or is allowed to cool in the open air. Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide."
I had to look it up - does this sound about right?
October 2nd, 2011  
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