I am a San Jose State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree specializing in ceramic art and art history. My real interest has always been in raku-fired pottery, an ancient form of glazing ceramic pieces. My pottery is typically wheel thrown and often altered for artistic effect. My pieces tend to be larger than traditional raku pottery making it more challenging to safely remove the red-hot piece from a kiln with a temperature of 1900 degrees Fahrenheit and then placing the ware into a reduction chamber to complete the firing process. This is not only exciting to me, but it is also enjoyable to see the outcome of each product. My hope is that I create something of beauty that resonates with others.
Raku pottery requires a specific ceramic firing process using the elemental forces of fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. Generally, Raku refers to the low-firing process inspired by traditional Japanese techniques. Japanese style Raku is inherently linked to Buddhist influences and the history of Raku's outgrowth dates back to the early 1500s. Zen Buddhist Masters favored Raku ceramics for their ceremonial teaware. This is fitting as Raku ware reflects much of what Zen philosophy embodies.
Simplicity. Purity. Nature. Balance.
Raku pottery is first bisque fired, leaving no chemically bonded water in the clay. It is then glazed and undergoes a Raku firing process. This technique requires a special Raku kiln which quickly reaches temperatures of 1900℉. Western-style Raku (as with Raku Hut Pottery) requires reaching into the kiln with special tongs and removing the pottery in its most dangerous state – super-heated and glowing red. Next the piece is placed into a container filled with combustible materials. Once the material ignites, the container is sealed to produce an intense reduction atmosphere. This reduction affects the colors in the glazes and the clay body of the piece in a unique way. The drastic thermal shock also produces fine-grained cracking which is deliberate.
Raku firing is one of the most natural techniques found in pottery-making. All of nature’s elements are used in the process. Earth is used to form the substance of the piece. Intense fire in the kiln and then the reduction chamber creates intriguing colors. And, finally, when the piece is plunged into pure cold water, the firing is halted. Raku literally translates as “happiness in the accident.” What emerges is an object of fine art that is entirely unique. No two pieces are exactly alike.
My Raku Hut Pottery Raku pieces are lead free, do not hold water, and are meant to be admired purely, as an art form. I hope you find a piece that is to your liking.
< Sample of a raku vase and its dimensions
H 16" W 11" / D 7 1/2" / 8 3/4 lbs.
Retail Price $175.00
Sample of a wall hanging raku platter and its dimensions >
Diameter 20" / Depth 2 1/2" / 7 3/4 lbs.
Retail Price $130.00
< Sample of a raku vase,
H 1'6" / W 11" / D 8 1/4" / 9 1/4 lbs.
Retail Price $180.00
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