Raku Vessel with Matte Circles (7 in / 17 cm tall)
Raku Vase with Matte Glaze Circles*.
7 in x 8.5 in
(17 cm x 21 cm)
The piece was thrown by me on a pottery wheel and then trimmed to the final form. After the initial bisque firing, a matte raku glaze was applied by hand and then fired outside in a gas Raku kiln. Once red hot, the piece is placed into a metal reduction chamber full of hardwood sawdust that becomes engulfed in fire. The lid is placed over the chamber to create a reduction environment, which pulls the carbon from the fire deep into the cracks created by the glaze. Once cool, the piece is carefully cleaned ready for its next adventure.
*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.