Raku

Raku is truly exciting, slightly dangerous and spontaneous! The clay pieces are glazed and then placed in a cold kiln. Within an hour, they are heated to 1000 degrees Celsius - and then removed from the kiln in a molten state, as if from an open volcano. They are then plunged into an oxygen-starved bin and covered in sawdust. The sawdust burns in the intense heat generated by the pieces. As the sawdust burns, it extracts oxygen from the oxides in the glaze (in a process called 'reduction'), which then leaves the most amazing metallic colouration. You can influence the glaze effect to a certain extent, but you cannot always control or predict the outcome entirely - and that is why it is such fun!

The following is a taste of the type of raku work I do. Some of these pieces may have been sold. However, if you are interested, I can produce similar work or even make a bespoke piece for you. I love a challenge! Just ask me!