Small Raku Vase with White Crackle (6 in / 15 cm tall)
Small, Handmade, White-Crackle Raku Vase*.
6 in x 5 in
(15 cm x 13 cm)
The piece was thrown by me on a pottery wheel and then trimmed to the final form. After the initial bisque firing, a white crackle glaze was applied and then the piece was fired outside in a gas Raku kiln. Once around 2,000 F (1090 C) is reached, the red hot 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.