Naked Raku Vase (11.5 in / 29 cm tall)
Naked Raku Vase (11.5 in / 29 cm tall)
Naked Raku Vase (11.5 in / 29 cm tall)
Naked Raku Vase (11.5 in / 29 cm tall)
Mathew Arnold

Naked Raku Vase (11.5 in / 29 cm tall)

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Naked Raku Vase*

11.5 x 6.5 in (tall x wide)
29 cm x 16.5 cm (tall x wide)

This piece was thrown by me on a pottery wheel and then trimmed to the final form.  Once the piece is completely dry (before any firing), it is sprayed with several coats of an ultra-refined clay slip called terra sigallata. Between each layer, I buff the surface with a soft microfiber cloth to reveal the shine.  The process is called "naked raku" because the final form does not have any glaze, or a sweater, so it's "naked."

The piece receives an initial bisque firing so that it can be handled without breaking to prepare for the final firing. Next, a "naked-Raku" slip layer is applied and immediately placed in a gas kiln outside, then slowly fired until it glows. While the piece is still red-hot, it's placed into a metal reduction chamber with saw dust for a few minutes and then removed.  The slip layer is chipped off to reveal the surface you see here.  The piece is then carefully cleaned and sealed.

*Please note that this is a "low fire" ceramic process,. The surface is still porous, so it is not considered water-tight or food safe.  This piece should only be cleaned with a dry, soft cloth. Please feel free to ask any questions about care and cleaning.


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