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Raku firing has become very popular with artists like Joyce, who takes advantage of the amazing colors, textures and details brought out by this firing method. This method gives raku pottery a copper tone and smoked appeal. The appearance of raku products is the result of firing the clay to 1750 degrees F. Once this temperature has been reached, the piece is removed from the kiln and can be either smoked or flamed in the after burn chamber. The overall look will be shiny or matte depending on the glaze and the after burn giving it a rainbow of beautiful copper toned colors. Raku pottery is a challenge to create, but Joyce always rises to the occasion. Her raku pottery collection consists of spirit jars and vases. If you have any questions about Joyce’s raku pieces or other creations, contact her today!
Raku reminds me of scenes from science programs about the formation of our wonderful solar system, indeed the universe. My vessels are inspired by these marvelous happening, thus the names. This firing method creates colors by some of the same processes that causes the happening in the universe. Vase shapes, themselves are so satisfying to the eye. I make them in a series. Each is “a one of a kind.” The individual throwing process, the size, shape, additional sculptural parts, the glazes, firing process, the weather, all play a part in the final visual result. They are designed to be strong forms that need nothing to complete their look. Since these are raku vessels, they will seep water, yet lining with a plastic container or bag can prevent this therefore allowing use for flowers. A dry arrangement works well. I will be adding new vases as I continue to photograph my completed ones.

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