Smoke-Fired (Raku) Vase (13 in / 33 cm tall)
Smoke-Fired (Raku) Vase*
13 x 6.5 in (tall x wide)
33 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. It received an initial bisque firing so that it could be handled without breaking to prepare for the final firing. I applied the glaze design by hand, leaving the rest of the surface raw clay (that part turns black during the firing process). The piece was placed in a gas kiln outside and 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 ..resulting in the final surface you see here.
*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.