Raku firing technique
developed in 16th century Japan. The word Raku itself means
pieces are removed them from the kiln (oven) when they are “red hot,”.
They are so hot that when they are placed in a container with combustible
material it ignites. Then a lid is placed on the container. The smoke and
fire inside the container blackens the clay body and creates the
oxygen-starved atmosphere that gives the glazes their beautiful colors,
iridescent and metallic characteristics.
pieces are then plunged into a water bath to set the glazes. The
interesting colors an
of the many variables in the Raku firing technique each piece is
pieces should be kept out of direct sunlight and should not be used for
food. The clay body is porous and will absorb moisture.