This is a "Bird of Paridise Platter"
American Raku is a low-fire technique. Pots are fired in a kiln typically between 1800 to
1900 degrees F. They
are then pulled from the kiln hot. The pots are then put into metal containers with
combustible material such as
sawdust, straw, shredded paper etc. The material bursts into flames immediately often
causing flame marks on
the pots. We then choke off the air from the container which causes the fire to draw
oxygen from the glaze and
clay which often results in bright color flashes.
Most of our pots are fired one at a time, we use various methods to control the amount of
oxygen the pot is
exposed to. Raku firing goes fast and requires our full concentration. We often have a
mental or verbal dry run.
It is spectacular and fun to watch. It is literally playing with fire.
The main difference between ancient Japanese Raku and modern American Raku is the
Japanese fired to a hotter
temperature, allowing the pots to vitrify and the pots were not subjected to post - firing
American Raku as described here, is a firing technique which produces beautiful,
decorative art. These pieces
are porous and therefore non-functional. They should not be used with food. Because of
the high metal content
in some Rake glazes, we recommend you keep your pieces out of direct sunlight. Matte
pieces should be cleaned
using a clean, dry, stiff bristled brush. Glossy pieces may be cleaned with a clean soft
Use a glass insert to allow vases to hold a live flower arrangement.
Above all else we hope that you enjoy your Raku as much as we enjoyed making it!