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I absolutely love Raku, you must make peace with the fact that parts of the process can’t be planned or controlled so you have to let go.

  The second firing, the glaze firing is where the magic happens.  Each time you take a piece out of the kiln you hold your breath for a moment as you gingerly place it, still red hot, into a cold reduction chamber filled with straw, paper or dung where it combusts immediately upon contact causing the heavy metal glazes to flash and change color.


Then you close the lid on the reduction chamber starving it of oxygen and wait as it smolders and slowly cools and nervously wait to see if it cracked from the thermal shock.

Patience during the cooling process is a virtue, cooled too rapidly pieces crack.  I have learned my lessons all too well.


As the Raku glazes “flash” during the second firing this causes them to radically change color and intensity,  with changing light they shimmer. Photos do not do them justice.


Each piece is totally unique and can not be replicated. You never know what you’re going to get and I love that!


Not all Raku pieces are available as some have found loving homes with excellent people but new pieces do come along so if you see one that you like or would like to know what is available,  Drop Me A Note


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