Thursday, March 15, 2012

Raku Pottery

I LOVE Raku! I love to experiment & the element of surprise and this is what Raku is all about. My husband recently built me a raku kiln, so we have been experimenting. 

Green Raku Ceramic Butterfly Pendant

Raku is a technique where a pot is heated until glowing, then pulled with tongs from the kiln and placed into a reduced atmosphere, such as a metal can full of pine needles, newspaper or leaves. After cooling somewhat, the piece is often plunged into cold water, creating crackle effects. In Raku, unglazed areas of clay become black due to the carbon from the burning fuel. When the carbon is scrubbed off the glazed areas they are often bright metallics such as copper and bronze. 

Raku Blossom Earrings

Raku Blossom Pendant

Raku Flower Brooch

Raku Flower Necklace with Turquoise 
Raku Beaded Earrings 

Here are some more experiments: 

I have been working on house numbers that I will be selling soon in my etsy shop. Here are some Raku ones with crazy colors. 

Raku House Numbers

Color Experiment Pot

Color Experiment Pot

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