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An ancient Japanese firing method used in making their ceremonial tea service.  American potters have adopted this method of firing and adjusted the process just a bit.

My love of Raku is about the fire—the spontaneous opening of the kiln, pulling each pot (with lots of protective gear) that is so hot it’s glowing orange.  Then into the reduction chamber (metal garbage can) filled with combustible material. Instantly, there is a flash of fire.  The lid is fastened to the can quickly which takes the oxygen out of the fire (reduction).  The final step in the process is cooling the piece by submerging it in water.  It is only at this stage, do you start to see what your results on the piece are going to be.

It’s working the elements of earth, wind, fire, and water to extremes, and letting go of all your intentions and accepting what the fire will give you.

Raku work is considered low-fired pottery and is not safe for use with most foods. Happy to provide prices and dimensions upon request.