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The Best Raku in the World!

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 reduction techniques.

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 cloth.

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!