Raku ware, Gifts from the Fire
These pieces were fired using a raku firing process which is typically used for decorative and art pieces. Raku pottery is porous, fragile and unsuited for functional use. It was developed in 16th century as part of the ancient Japanese tea ceremony. The pottery is removed from the kiln when red hot and placed in containers with organic materials such as, straw, leaves or pines needles. The container is then covered and the oxygen is reduced which creates exciting surprises and flashing on the glaze surfaces.
Since my early years as a ceramic artist, I was quickly attracted and and passionate about the Raku process. It is thrilling and meditative and often feels more important than the results.