Small Naked Raku Vase (6 in / 15 cm tall)
Small Naked Raku Vase*.
6 in x 4.5 in
(15 cm x 11 cm)
This piece was thrown by me on a pottery wheel using using a white stoneware with a high porcelain content. It was then trimmed to the final form and smoothed by hand using a stiff rubber rib to prepare the surface. Once the piece is completely dry (before any firing), it is sprayed with several coats of a ultra-refined clay slip called terra sigallata. Between each layer I buff the surface with a soft microfiber cloth to reveal the shine.
The piece then receives the initial bisque firing so that it can be handled without breaking to prepare for the final firing. Next I applied a two-step naked-Raku process that consists of an initial clay slip layer, and then a sacrificial glaze layer. Once dry, the piece is fired in a gas kiln outside. 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 and sacrificial glaze are chipped off to reveal the surface you see here. The piece is then carefully cleaned and sealed with a micro-crystalline wax.
*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.