American Art Collector 2016
American Art Collector 2015
Raku Firing process
Contemporary potters have modified the traditional Japanese raku tradition. After bisque firing, the artist applies a glaze and refires the pot. The artist removes the pottery from the hot kiln with tongs, and exposes it to the cool air for a few minutes, which causes the glaze to crack. The artist then moves the hot pottery into a metal container with combustible materials such as sawdust or newspaper which flares up. The artist covers the can to smother the fire and to create smoke. The smoke is absorbed into the cracks filling them with black carbon.
Raku-fired ware is fragile, porous, and unsuitable for functional use.